Overview participating exhibitions

Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Nadav Kander

JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

Nadav Kander grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was only after he came to England at the age of twenty-one that he realised how much the aggressive society of his old home had undermined his identity and sense of justice. Returning after thirty years, at the same time nostalgic and with the clearer gaze of an outsider, he encountered an overwhelmingly Black community in a city built with White money. The contempt for the polluted and dangerous surroundings was at odds with Soweto, where Kander had never been before. There the feeling of oppression was gone, and optimism, solidarity and pride ruled the now clean streets.

  • JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

  • JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

  • JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

  • JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

  • JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO (Working title) (South Africa, 2010)

Land
2010

Land

Nadav Kander

YANGTZE, THE LONG RIVER (China, 2010)

Although made very recently, Nadav Kander's photographs of life along the Yangtze river in China could never be repeated – so rapid is the change to which China is subject. Kander sees the Yangtze – the 6500 kilometre long river that is the lifeblood for three-hundred million Chinese citizens – as a metaphor for that change. He travelled along the river and recorded an industrialising landscape in which people appear insignificant and interchangeable. Kander strove for an intuitive approach, but could not escape politically charged, documentary photography. Millions of farmers and residents of villages and small cities have had to make way for progress. Kander shows a nation that is wip-ing out its past at an amazing and unnatural pace in an attempt to catapult itself into being the world's dominant economic power.Yangtze Source, Qinghai

  • YANGTZE, THE LONG RIVER (China, 2010)

    Although made very recently, Nadav Kander's photographs of life along the Yangtze river in China could never be repeated – so rapid is the change to which China is subject. Kander sees the Yangtze – the 6500 kilometre long river that is the lifeblood for three-hundred million Chinese citizens – as a metaphor for that change. He travelled along the river and recorded an industrialising landscape in which people appear insignificant and interchangeable. Kander strove for an intuitive approach, but could not escape politically charged, documentary photography. Millions of farmers and residents of villages and small cities have had to make way for progress. Kander shows a nation that is wip-ing out its past at an amazing and unnatural pace in an attempt to catapult itself into being the world's dominant economic power.

    Yangtze Source, Qinghai

  • YANGTZE, THE LONG RIVER (China, 2010)

    Billboard at Chongqing

  • YANGTZE, THE LONG RIVER (China, 2010)

    Bridge Construction at Chongqing

  • YANGTZE, THE LONG RIVER (China, 2010)

    Metalen palm bij zwembad, Nanjing, Jiangsu.

Biography

Nadav Kander (Israel, 1961) grew up in South Africa an since the mid-1980s has lived in London. When thirteen, he purchased a Pentax camera with the money from his bar mitzvah. Kander later worked for the photographic service of the South African air force. He became internationally famous for his portraits and landscapes, which manifest a mute discomfort. Among his publications are the photo books Beauty’s Nothing (2001), Night (2003) and Obama’s People (2009).

Website Nadav Kander

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00