Featuring: Ad van Denderen, Pieter ten Hoopen, Christian Kryl, Kadir van Lohuizen, Andrea Stultiens, Lidwien van de Ven, Xiaoxiao Xu.
Photographers know the frustration better than anyone else: you have invested a lot of time in a subject but know that all you have done is scraped the surface of a much more complex story. With support from the Mondriaan Fund, Noorderlicht offered seven Dutch photographers the chance to return to a subject close to their heart and deepen, sharpen or nuance their work on it with a new series.
The Sequel offers scope for young talent and old masters, different generations which together have a greater story to tell, making use of both classic and modern means. Noorderlicht shows how innovation stands on the shoulders of tradition, and that the history of photography is a rich and uninterrupted continuum. In defiance of the often invoked ‘crisis in documentary photography’, The Sequel dives deep under the surface.
Ad van Denderen photographed the construction of the newly built Palestinian city Rawabi, and in doing so provides an acid counterpoint to his earlier series on Baladia City, training city of the Israeli army.
Pieter ten Hoopen returns to the mythic city of Kitezh in eastern Russia.
Christian Kryl adds a new layer to his ongoing work about the international jet set and the places they traditionally visit.
Kadir van Lohuizen returns to a Moroccan family in Amsterdam whose life he recorded twenty years ago.
Andrea Stultiens follows and recontextualizes the trail of Paul Julien (1901-2001), who during dozens of trips to Africa produced an archive of photos, films, texts, books, anthropometric data and blood samples of the peoples he encountered.
Until 2007 Lidwien van der Ven worked considerably in the Middle East, and now records in a personal manner what has changed there in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
Xiaoxiao Xu deepens a previous, emotionally charged series about her city of origin, the Chinese port of Wenzhou.
Noorderlicht is a many-faceted and international platform for photography that has a good story to tell. For Noorderlicht, photography is a socially inspired medium which functions as a window on the world, and which can play a role in social discussions and processes.
We do this by organizing an annual photography festival, programming exhibitions in our permanent photo gallery, producing exhibitions on demand, organizing photographic commissions and arranging discussions, lectures, and masterclasses. Noorderlicht provides an educational program, and also publishes catalogs and photo books. Our exhibitions tour worldwide, and have been seen in the United States, Syria, Australia, Indonesia, and many other lands.
Operating as a festival since 1990, Noorderlicht has built up an international reputation as an institution that is able to couple engagement with visual beauty.
In DATA RUSH, international photographers and multimedia artists examine the digital world in which we are immersed, and the field of tension between freedom and control in a virtual world. It is perhaps the largest cross-section to date of photographic and multi-media projects dealing with current developments in the digital age, including acutely relevant topics of mass government surveillance and the loss of privacy.
Noorderlicht runs from 23 Aug – 11 Oct in the Old Sugar Factory, an impressive industrial complex in Groningen, the Netherlands, which will host the 22nd edition of the festival.