TAXED TO THE MAX takes place during October and November 2019 in various locations in Groningen, the Netherlands. The 26th Noorderlicht International Photography Festival examines the societal tensions created by international conglomerates with their vast accumulations of capital and their influence on national and global politics. TAXED TO THE MAX asks: how does the increasingly perfected entanglement of corporatism, finance capital and modern government affect the lives of regular people?
photo: Lana Mesić - Wizard of Oz 1 (from the series ‘Souls, Ties and a Pile of Carrots’)
'The Dynamics of Dust' is a long-term project by Philippe Dudouit (Switzerland, 1977), based on historical and geopolitical documentation, research and analysis. In this series, the photographer examines the new relationships that the nomadic indigenous inhabitants of the Sahelo-Saharan zone have established with a territory that is currently highly perilous. The project, which began in 2008, shows how a former tourist paradise has become a new theatre where human traffic is interlacing with terrorism, drugs and the weapons industry.
photo: Philippe Dudouit - High Council for the Unity in Azawad fighter. Kidal, Northern Mali, 2016.
Noorderlicht | House of Photography and Galerie del Campo, a surprising exhibition space in Wijster, Drenthe, join hands for the first time. In their converted farmhouse, Lizette Groffen and Jan den Uijl display designer furniture, ceramics and photography. From June 23 to September 22, Norwegian cross-media artist Anne Katrine Senstad exhibits with her most recent photographic work, 'Cosmosis Collages'.
GALERIE DEL CAMPO
9418 PW Wijster
photo: Anne Katrine Senstad - Cosmosis Collages Composition no 4A53 7D, 2019
In 2018, Noorderlicht director Kees van der Meiden had many conversations with his predecessor Ton Broekhuis, the founding father of Noorderlicht, and with people who have worked with Ton. These stories and a beautiful collection of images are bundled in the book ‘Tegendraads’, of which Van der Meiden offered the first copy to Ton on Thursday 13 June. After all, Ton Broekhuis has given photography a place in our perception of the world by creating Noorderlicht | Huis of Photography and deserves a deep bow for doing so.
I really like that Noorderlicht are open to all forms of expression within the photographic domain. From analogue to digital, collage and all the manifestations of the medium, thus offering all sorts of photographic artists a platform to exhibit.