Overview participating exhibitions

An Ocean of Possibilities
2014

An Ocean of Possibilities

Jan Banning

Red Twilight

Communist ideals provided inspiration for millions of people during the 19th and 20th centuries. In the practice of the totalitarian regimes that called themselves communist, these ideals were however discarded in favour of repression. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the triumph of free market ideology in the late 20th century seemed to be the coup de grâce for political parties that struggled for greater social and economic equality – and even the economic crisis has not changed that. Yet communist ideals live on in various countries among small groups of faithful Marxist-Leninists, Trotskyites and Maoists. In his series Red Twilight Jan Banning recorded the party offices of these groups.

Another Asia II
2006

Another Asia II

Jan Banning

THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

Bureaucracy is an everyday form of state power with which citizens are confronted everywhere. Jan Banning has done portraits of bureaucrats at all levels, from village clerks to governors. Although the bureaucrats pose, their desk is the real subject. Thát is the permanent expression of their status and power. The person behind it is interchangeable, during his working hours assuming the role of immigration officer or revenue agent. That is emphasized by the pose in which he is photographed: as an actor playing himself. THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006) is a work in progress, eventually to include bureaucrats in ten countries. The series on Bihar, a state in the world's largest democracy, India, is completed; the series on Indonesia has just begun. The photographs are accompanied by interviews by Will Tinnemans.

  • THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

    Bureaucracy is an everyday form of state power with which citizens are confronted everywhere. Jan Banning has done portraits of bureaucrats at all levels, from village clerks to governors. Although the bureaucrats pose, their desk is the real subject. Thát is the permanent expression of their status and power. The person behind it is interchangeable, during his working hours assuming the role of immigration officer or revenue agent. That is emphasized by the pose in which he is photographed: as an actor playing himself. THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006) is a work in progress, eventually to include bureaucrats in ten countries. The series on Bihar, a state in the world's largest democracy, India, is completed; the series on Indonesia has just begun. The photographs are accompanied by interviews by Will Tinnemans.

  • THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

  • THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

  • THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

  • THE OFFICE (India/Indonesia, 2004-2006)

Biography

Jan Banning (Netherlands, 1954) studied social and economic history at Radboud University in Nijmegen. His work always has a social focus, and has appeared Newsweek, The New Yorker, l'Espresso and Vrij Nederland, among other publications.

Website Jan Banning

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Another Asia

Another Asia

Price EUR 10,00