Nick Hannes

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Born in Antwerp in 1974. Based in Ranst, Belgium.


I graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. For the next eight years I worked as a photojournalist, making reportages in the Balkans and the Middle East, primarily on the Kurdish issue.


In 2006 I quit doing press assignments, in order to fully concentrate on my own documentary projects. I left for a one year round trip by bus and train through the former Soviet Union, carrying just a backpack and a camera. This adventure resulted in my first book, Red Journey (Lannoo Publishers, 2009), dealing with the transitional phase in post-communist society. Red Journey laid the foundation of my photographic approach, in which irony, ambiguity and visual metaphors play prominent roles. Most of my personal work has a strong political and social component. I try to detach from the moment and from any possible news value of events in order to create more universal imagery that deals with the problematic relationship we have with each other, with our environment and with our world in general.


In 2011, my second book, ‘Traditions’, was published. Apart from being a visual impression on traditions in Flanders, this book also comments on multicultural reality, national identity and urbanization in my home country.


In 2010 I started ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’, an epic project that involved twenty trips to 21 Mediterranean countries over four years of time. Published in 2014 by Hannibal Publishers (Belgium), this series juxtaposes parallel realities and paradoxes of the Mediterranean region, focusing on various contemporary issues such as mass-tourism, urbanization, migration, conflict and crises of various kinds. ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ was launched at the Museum of Photography (FoMu) in Antwerp in 2014, before traveling to several international photography festivals and museums.


I am currently working on a project about consumerism, recreation and artificial urban development in Dubai. ‘DUBAI. Bread and Circuses’ (working title) will be launched in 2018.


I exhibited at Thessaloniki Biennial for Contemporary Art, Museum of Photography (Antwerp), Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Flanders Center (Osaka, Japan), Breda Photo (Breda, NL), Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan), Kaunas Photo (Lithuania), Foto Festiwal Lodz (Poland), PhotoMed (Sanary-sur-Mer, France and Beirut), Head On (Sydney), Athens Photo Festival, Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia (Almeria), CajaGranada, Foto Istanbul, Organ Vida (Zagreb), Fundacion Tres Culturas (Sevilla) among others.


I was a finalist at Organ Vida Festival Zagreb (2017), Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Lodz (2016), EI Award at Encontros da Imagem in Braga, Portugal (2015), Leica Oskar Barnack Awards (2014), Lens Culture Exposure Award (2013).


In 2008 I started teaching documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent (B).


I collaborate with visual project office Sluitertijd. I am represented by Cosmos Photo (Paris) and Black Eye Gallery (Sydney).


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