Nick HANNES (photos, text), Pascal Beausse (text)

Garden of Delight

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"'Garden of Delight' is a documentary on leisure and consumerism in Dubai.
It showcases Dubai as the ultimate playground of globalization and capitalism, and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability.

The rapid transformation of Dubai from a regional trade center in the 60s to the ultramodern metropolis today, is a fascinating case study in market-driven urbanization. Entertainment and tourism are main economical pillars of Dubai. Sheikh Al Maktoum, ruling as a CEO over the ‘Dubai-brand’, spares cost nor effort to promote his city worldwide as a place of complete economical freedom, unlimited possibilities and big fun.

Dubai’s excessive entertainment industry has a big impact on Emirati society. 90 percent of the population in Dubai are expats, only 10 percent are local Emirati citizens. Their traditional islamic values are being challenged by imported Western lifestyle.

Dubai is a clear example of the phenomenon of ‘capsularization’: Our globalized world is transforming into a dual society, characterized by separation and exclusion.
The first world is an archipelago of shielded islands or ‘capsules’ where it’s pleasant to live; the second world is all the rest: an ocean of poverty and chaos. In a capsular society, public space becomes privatized; capsular architecture—such as gated communities and malls—simulates public space on private ground. This new urbanity, characterized by artificial inner spaces, runs like a thread through this series.

The series 'Garden of Delight' won the Magnum Photography Award 2017 and the Zeiss Photography Award 2018." (publisher's note)

About the photographer, Nick HANNES (nb. 1974 in Antwerp, BE):
Nick HANNES graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. For the next eight years I worked as a photojournalist.
In 2006 he quit doing press assignments, in order to fully concentrate on his own documentary projects. Most of his personal work has a strong political and social component.
Since 2008 he's teaching documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent (B). Cosmos Photo (Paris) and Black Eye Gallery (Sydney) are representing HANNES' work.
In 2006 he 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 his first book, 'Red Journey', published by Lannoo in 2009), that deals with the transitional phase in post-communist society. 'Red Journey' laid the foundation of his photographic approach, in which irony, ambiguity and visual metaphors play prominent roles.
In 2010 he 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, 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.
His third book ‘Garden of Delight’ , co-published by Hannibal & André Frère, showcases Dubai as the ultimate playground of globalization and capitalism, and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability.
He made two books on assignment, ‘Tradities’ (Davidsfonds, 2011) and ‘Limburg Ongefilterd’ (Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen, 2018).
Exhibitions at Thessaloniki Biennial for Contemporary Art, Museum of Photography FoMu (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 (Beirut), Head On (Sydney), Athens Photo Festival, Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia (Almeria), CajaGranada, Foto Istanbul, Organ Vida (Zagreb), Fundacion Tres Culturas (Sevilla), Medphoto (Rethymno, Crete), Triennial of Photography Hamburg, De Garage (Mechelen, B) among others.
He 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).

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"'Garden of Delight' ist eine Dokumention über das Freizeit- und Konsumverhalten in Dubai. Es zeigt Dubai als ultimativen Spielplatz der Globalisierung und des Kapitalismus' und wirft Fragen nach Authentizität und Nachhaltigkeit auf.

Die rasante Transformation Dubais vom regionalen Handelszentrum in den 60er Jahren zur heutigen ultramodernen Metropole ist eine faszinierende Fallstudie zur marktorientierten Urbanisierung: Unterhaltung und Tourismus sind die wichtigsten wirtschaftlichen Säulen Dubais.
Sheikh Al Maktoum, der als CEO über die Marke 'Dubai-' wacht, scheut keine Mühen, seine Stadt weltweit als Ort der völligen wirtschaftlichen Freiheit, der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten und des großen Spaßes zu bewerben.

Die exzessive Unterhaltungsindustrie in Dubai hat einen großen Einfluss auf die Gesellschaft der Emirate. 90 Prozent der Bevölkerung in Dubai kommen von außerhalb, nur 10 Prozent sind Einwohner des Emirats. Ihre traditionellen islamischen Werte werden durch den importierten westlichen Lebensstil in Frage gestellt.

Dubai ist ein klares Beispiel für das Phänomen der 'Kapsularisierung': unsere globalisierte Welt verwandelt sich in eine duale Gesellschaft, die von Trennung und Ausgrenzung gekennzeichnet ist.
Die erste Welt ist eine Inselgruppe abgeschirmter Inseln oder 'Kapseln', in denen es angenehm ist zu leben. Die zweite Welt ist alles andere: ein Meer von Armut und Chaos.
In einer Kapselgesellschaft wird der öffentliche Raum privatisiert. Die Kapsel-Architektur - wie Gated Communities und Malls - simuliert den öffentlichen Raum auf privatem Boden. Diese neue, von künstlichen Innenräumen geprägte Urbanität zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Serie 'Garden of Delight'.

'Garden of Delight' gewann den Magnum Photography Award 2017 und den Zeiss Photography Award 2018." (Verlagstext)