‘The Pacific may have the most changeless ageless aspect of any ocean, but the Mediterranean Sea celebrates the continuity of man.’ (Ernle Bradford).
Over the past five years, Nick Hannes (BE, °1974) has visited twenty countries located around the Mediterranean. He witnessed an unprecedented period of turmoil for the region: southern Europe buckling under the weight of the global economic crisis, Arab countries entangled in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and tourists and migrants encountering each other on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.
Nick Hannes shows us a region bursting with humour and tragedy. Unified under the Roman Empire two thousand years ago, today the Mediterranean is a battleground. With ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’, Nick Hannes focuses on contemporary topics such as migration, urbanisation and mass tourism. His distinctive documentary style embraces the complexity of the region, transcends the anecdotal and explores the relationships that bind these societies together. Following on the FoMu exhibition of Hannes’ journey through the former Soviet Union (Red Journey), the museum presents ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’, a kaleidoscopic portrait of a region in transition.