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KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 » Nick Hannes

The Continuity of Man

French Mediterranean coast

Nick Hannes was born on March 11, 1974 in Antwerp. As we say in Lithuania, he’s calm as a Belgian. And he has what it takes to endure the worst profession on earth – photojournalism. He’s a real pilgrim of the profession. He can take a week-long train ride to Vladivostok and get that images of the girl with a T-shirt saying “Jesus Died For You”. He will have a great shot of devastated Libya, even if he gets deprived of his camera in the turmoil of the revolution. He’s cold blooded enough to photograph a pizza delivery boy trapped in the approaching match of rebels in Cairo or participants of a Greek wedding, smoking in a gas station…

Nick Hannes graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. For the next ten years he worked as a photojournalist for various newspapers and magazines in Belgium and The Netherlands. In between assignments, Nick travelled to shoot his own reportages on social-political issues in former Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Middle East, Former Soviet Union. “Red Journey” is his first epic work, depicting life of post-Soviet countries.

In 2013, KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibited Nick’s work Traditions in Flanders about surviving traditions from medieval times and those born just yesterday in contemporary Flanders. In 2014, his works returns for the second time to this very hall of M. Žilinskas Art Gallery.

The Continuity of Man is an epic documentary of the Mediterranean region. Nick has visited all the 20 countries that face the sea in turmoil of social, political changes: Arab spring in Egypt, post-war Libya and other hot spots. The Continuity of Man highlights various contemporary issues such as urbanization, migration, tourism, conflict and crisis.

Northern Europe would say, that Mediterranean is the region, from which the cultures originated, but never came back. In The Continuity of Man Nick Hannes investigates and questions this statement.