”Food for thought”, live talk with Kadir van Lohuizen
Riva Tre Novembre / Angolo Via Mazzini - Trieste
Sunday 29 October 2023
Kadir van Lohuizen will tell about Food for thought, its latest project on the global food industry.
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Juror of the URBAN Photo Awards 2023, special guest of the photographic project of Exhibit Around 71% – The State of Water, Kadir van Lohuizen is an important Dutch photographer member of the prestigious agency NOOR Images.
His career as a professional photojournalist began in 1988 as a freelancer, covering the Intifada. In the following years he worked in conflict areas in Africa and from 1990 to 1994 he followed South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kadir dealt with social issues in different corners of the former USSR.
In 1997 he undertook a great project: traveling along the seven rivers of the world, from source to mouth, describing daily life along these life lines. From this project the books “Rivers” and “Aderen” were born.
In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was a member of the jury of the World Press Photo competition and of the supervisory board of the foundation. In 2004 he returned to Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to portray the diamond industry. The resulting exhibitions were displayed not only in Europe and the United States, but also in the mining areas of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone. The photography book “Diamond Matters, the diamond industry” received the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel award for the best reportage on the developing world. The project was also awarded the World Press Photo Award.
In the same year, Kadir started a photography project together with Stanley Greene and six other photographers on the topic of violence against women around the world. He also celebrated his exhibition truck which, traveling from Houston to New Orleans, displayed the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in a “mobile exhibition”.
Between 2011 and 2012, Kadir created Via PanAm, a visual investigation into migration in the Americas by traveling for 12 months along the Pan American Highway. The project resulted in an interactive application for iPad, a traveling multimedia exhibition, an installation and a book. With the project “Where will we go“, Kadir analyzed the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. The project was designed to highlight both the immense complexities associated with travel within islands and between islands and countries, and the human rights implications of such travel.
Kadir’s environmental projects continue with “Wasteland,” in which he investigates how six megacities mismanage their waste using photography, video, drone footage and audio. The project won the 1st World Press Photo Prize in the Environment category. In 2018, Kadir van Lohuizen won the 9th Prix Carmignac for photojournalism, where he undertook a year-long expedition to the Arctic, documenting the consequences of the climate crisis.