Nick Hannes (Belgium, 1974) graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. After 8 years of doing assignments as a photojournalist, he decided to fully concentrate on self-initiated documentary projects. His work has a strong political and social component, and often deals with the problematic relationship we have with our environment. His style is characterized by use of irony, ambiguity and visual metaphors.
Hannes published 2 books: ‘Red Journey’ (Lannoo 2009) deals with the transitional phase in post-communist society. ‘Mediterranean. ‘The Continuity of Man’ (Hannibal 2014) focuses on various contemporary issues such as mass-tourism, urbanization, migration and crises of various kinds in the Mediterranean region. ‘Mediterranean.
His new series ‘Garden of Delight was awarded the Magnum Photography Award in 2017. It will be published in a book in 2018.
Hannes exhibited at Thessaloniki Biennial for Contemporary Art, Museum of Photography (Antwerp), Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia (Almeria), Stadtische Galerie Iserlohn, Flanders Center (Osaka), Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Biennial of Photography Mulhouse, FotoIstanbul, Breda Photo (NL), Athens Photo Festival, Foto Festiwal Lodz, PhotoMed (Beirut), Organ Vida (Zagreb), Photolux (Lucca), Medphoto (Crete), Caja Granada (Spain), Photo de Mer (Vannes), among others.
Since 2008 he teaches documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent (B). He is represented by Cosmos Paris.