The mundane side of space travel

Monica Alcazar-Duarte has been working on her project The New Colonists for the past three years now. This has resulted in an interactive installation which reflects on the adventurous side of space exploration, promoting solidarity through emphasizing the import of meticulous preparations for such travels. Monica: “The object is very sci fi - like something that might go into space - and it is using the language of the extraordinary side of space exploration: very exotic and scientific. That is a trick because when you are attracted to it and you can be fascinated by it, but the inside is very mundane.”

Carlos Spottorno

Carlos Spottorno (Budapest, 1971) exhibited in the Noorderlicht Photogallery with Wealth Management & The Pigs.

Ken Schles

Ken Schles (US, b. 1960) made his name in 1990 with the influential and now classic photo book Invisible City. He currently exhibits in the Noorderlicht Photogallery

Laura Böök : For me it's important to develop strong relationships with the people I photograph and give back something, and also to make work that is not just for other photographers or photography enthusiasts.”

Laura Böök speaks about her ongoing documentation of a Congolese immigrant community adapting to live in a small Finnish village.

Vero Bielinski: "In the future It will be harder and harder to be or to feel individual in our world."

Vero Bielinski, a German-based photographer with Polish roots, explored the hipster street culture in an effort to understand their message.

Surendra Lawoti : History has shown time and again, that the 'common people' do rise up to bring about change.

Surendra Lawoti was born in Nepal in 1972. After finishing his high school in Kathmandu, he moved to the US to pursue higher education. Surendra’s work stems out from his interest in social issues, politics, image-making and activism. He is interested in individuals, social groups and their milieus, generally those on the periphery of the mainstream society. He agreed to talk about his work with Nepali activists who are rallying for constitutional changes.

Matthew O'Brien: 'It is an uphill battle, and always will be.'

Matthew O'Brien joins our blogathon to talk about his long standing engagement with a complex country like Colombia.

Marrigje de Maar: 'Over the years my backpack got lighter and lighter.'

"I feel it is more the individual who changes his community, not so much whole communities choosing a different life style." – Marrigje de Maar, our guest for blogathon issue #5.

The power of urban gardening, with Katharina Fitz

'I would like to encourage people to take things literally into their own hands and to actively participate in change.'

Austrian photographer Katharina Fitz is our guest for blogathon issue #4.

John Vink on Resisting Human Rights Erosion in Cambodia

During the festival the Noorderlicht blog is hosting bite-size interviews with participating photographers about their work. We asked photographers to share their thoughts on how their own projects reflects on the festival theme, and to tell more about their personal engagement with their subjects. Today, John Vink expands on his ongoing project documenting social change in Cambodia, a country in transition towards a functional democracy.