Exhibition @ FoMu

WELCOME TO THE GRAND OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION ‘MEDITERRANEAN. THE CONTINUITY OF MAN’ AT THE MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY (FoMu) IN ANTWERP, NOVEMBER 27, 2014, 8PMfomu

‘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.

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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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