Building a Fair World

Last september the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) commissioned the photographers of the collective Nadaar to report on development projects in 5 different countries across the world. This was the first assignment we obtained with our collective. Dieter Telemans went to Congo, Eric De Mildt to Vietnam, Tim Dirven to Ecuador, Jan Locus to Mali, and I was sent to Morocco, where I visited the dry region of Tiznit, Ouarzazate and the Valley of the Draa. A beautiful region, but not easy to work. The tempo of travel was high and the projects were many. Due to conservatism (and tourism) photographing public life was not easy. People didn’t seem to like the camera. Women hide for me and men often asked for money. I should have had more time to build up a confidential bond with the locals, instead of being driven from one project to another in a four wheel drive. That’s why my visit to Morocco left me with an unsatisfied feeling.

Nevertheless the exhibition, which opened last week, looks really nice. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of BTC, 25 photographs printed on big canvas, were mounted on the fences across the royal palace in the heart of Brussels. And the catalogus, containing portfolios of the five of us, looks like a real book.

The exhibition lasts until february 17. Open day and night, in open air at the Parc Royal/Warandepark.

Foto: Dieter Telemans

Foto: Dieter Telemans


Foto: Eric De Mildt

Foto: Eric De Mildt

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Nick Hannes (°1974) is a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK in Ghent, he worked for various media in Belgium and The Netherlands. Meanwhile he reported on social and political issues in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2009 his first book ‘Red Journey’, a documentary about transition in the 15 former Soviet republics, was published by Lannoo. 'Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man', a documentary portrait of the Mediterranean region, follows in 2014. His latest book is 'Garden of Delight', a series that won the Magnum Photography Award 2017 and the Zeiss Photography Award 2018. Since 2008 Nick teaches documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK/School of Arts) in Ghent. He is represented by Panos Pictures (London).
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