This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award “Arctic: New Frontier” by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR) and Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 25 – Another Way Home.
“Arctic: New Frontier” by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen – Winners of the 2018 Carmignac Photojournalism Award
This is a unique project. Seasoned photojournalists Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen have undertaken independent, simultaneous expeditions to explore the dramatic effects of climate change on the Arctic.
These extraordinary journeys consider themes of tourism, militarisation, exploitation of gas and mineral resources and their incontestable impact on this fragile environment.
Kozyrev followed the route of the Russian maritime Arctic ports, travelling with the Nenets who are the last remaining Nomadic people of the region. In 2018 the Nenets’ seasonal migration was impacted for the first time in history, due to the melting of the permafrost. Kozyrev also travelled to Murmansk the location of the “first floating nuclear power plant which is (or was) under secret construction”.
van Lohuizen travelled the Northwest Passage, which to due to the melting ice is today the shortest route between Europe and Asia. Off the coast of Canada he lived in the hamlet of Resolute, where Canada has boosted its military presence. van Lohuizen also journeyed to Kivalina, an indigenous village on the northern tip of Alaska. This village is predicted to be submerged by 2025 – in seven years.
“The photographs in “Arctic: New Frontier” by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region and the upheavals that are taking place on a global scale.”
Unfortunately, media usage rights only allow the publication of two pictures. For those lucky enough to be in Paris, this exhibition is a must see; the work and its message is breathtaking. This is vital work, that needs to be seen around the world.
The 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award exhibition – Arctic: New Frontier by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen – opens in Paris on 7 November.
Cité des sciences et de l’industrie – 30 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
November 7 — December 9, 2018
Exhibitions: New York
Moving Walls 25 – Another Way Home
The theme of this year’s Moving Walls exhibition, by the Open Society Foundations, aims to breakdown the stereotypical depictions of migrants, which strip individuals of their identity and dignity.
Moving Walls 25 features eight projects by “thirteen visionary artists, journalists, and creative technologists dedicated to re-envisioning the topic of migration through documentary practice.” These artists are also fellowship recipients enabling them to further their creative explorations.
Here’s a glimpse at three of the projects:
The Passport – Thana Faroq
Faroq says, “We live in a world divided by borders and walls where something as ephemeral as a piece of paper, a document, or a passport can acquire the potency of a curse that feels like it cannot be broken. Struggling to claim basic rights like self-determination and freedom of movement, refugees come to experience the passport not as a symbol of identity and pride, but as a source of angst.
With this project, I turn my camera on my own story, to create personal reportage depicting themes of displacement, asylum, and integration.”
After Migration – Walé Oyéjidé
“After Migration attempts to depict these newcomers differently. Using fashion photography and featuring models who are themselves migrants, the project aims to elevate and humanize their stories through the use of visual culture and to subvert mainstream media representations,” says Oyéjidé who worked with various photographers on this project.
The Right to Grow Old – Tomas Ayuso
Ayuso says, “triggered by a decade of violence, corruption, and scarcity, Hondurans are fleeing collapsing communities toward perceived shelter across borders at the rate of hundreds per day. This project renders visible the man-made catastrophe of forced migration of a people who refuse to be dehumanized.
Set in Honduras, Mexico, and the United States, this work tracks the vulnerabilities that displaced people face before and after crossing borders and reflects on Honduran identity as it endures the crossing of both physical and internal boundaries. It attests to the fight to preserve life as an act of resistance in itself: migration as a means of survival.”
Until July 2019 at Open Society Foundations 224 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019