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Jul 14, 2016
New project: The Last Water War

Ruins of a Future
Jun 30, 2016
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Programme Paradox at Arles
May 12, 2016
Book launch Turtle 1 - Building a car in Africa

18 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
May 7, 2016
Borders Kill at 'A Concert for the Refugees'

Nikos Pilos shows a selection of work at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
May 3, 2016
App launch and programme White Spots

A Journey to The Edges of The Internet
May 1, 2016
New Publication: Picha 5 – UHURU minor accidents, Eng. M.W. Wambwa

The fifth book from the Ebifananyi series
Feb 3, 2016
Mediating the war

Debate about the social media war in Syria


New project: The Last Water War
Ruins of a Future
We are proud to present a new project by photographer Émeric Lhuisset (FR). After the successful exhibition and publication Maydan (2010), Paradox and Lhuisset are currently working together on The Last Water War – Ruins of a Future: series of photographs taken on the archaeological site of Girsu. In September, the exhibition is presented at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (FR). From 14.07 – 18.10.2016 a preview of The Last Water War is on show at Sursock Museum, Beirut (LB) as part of the group exhibition ‘Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis’.

The Last Water War
Since men cultivate the land, rivalries over water are a source of disputes. It was around 2600 BC in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) that the first known water war took place. The city-states of Umma and of Lagash (of which Girsu is the religious capital) fought for centuries over the exploitation of irrigation canals fed by the Tigris.

Today, many factors fuel fears of a ‘new water war’ on the very location of the destruction of the ancient city of Girsu. Power games between the different communities, the civil war in Syria, the presence of the Islamic State, but also the fact that the majority of the dams that control the flow of the Tigris and Euphrates are located in combat zones, are all factors of instability and tension. Coupled with –despite of the war- high population growth, the increasing scarcity of water resources in the region and global warming, a new water war is almost inevitable.

Last Water War – Ruins of a Future
presents a series of photographs taken on the archaeological site of Girsu (Iraq) by Émeric Lhuisset. Through the ruin, the architectural object sculpted by time, positioned at the crossroads of past, present and future, the artist is questioning the future.

Preview at Sursock Museum, Beirut (LB), 14.07 – 18.10.2016
A selection of Lhuissets photographs is currently on show at the Sursock Museum in Beirut. The group show, titled ‘Let’s Talk About the Weather’, brings together 17 local and international artists showcasing new works dealing with climate change and ecological disaster.

Over the last one hundred years, humans have drastically altered the natural environment through industrialization, intensive farming, rapid urbanization, and the development of fossil fuels. In an era of planetary climate change, how will these transformations alter the way we live our lives? How can we understand climate change from a historical and cultural perspective? How can we imagine an alternative, more equitable future? In an artist talk on 16.07, Lhuisset will talk about these questions, the intersection of art and politics and his work.

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Programme Paradox at Arles
Paradox in Arles

Monday 04.07.2016

15.00 – 19.00 u.
Photo Folio Reviews with Bas Vroege
Maison de la Vie Associative, 2 bd. des Lices, Arles


More than 120 international experts discuss the work presented by individual photographers in 20 minute sessions. Bas Vroege, director of Paradox and responsible for the editorial and curatorial training programme of the Master in Photographic Studies at University Leiden (NL), is one of them. (fully booked).

Tuesday 05.07.2016

18.00 – 20.00 u.
Turtle 1 Night
Galerie Omnius, 1 rue Vauban, 13200 Arles


Presentation of the book Turtle 1- Building a Car in Africa, an adventurous Paradox and Verlag Kettler co-production with more than 40 videos and a fold out map. Richard Reisen interviews the authors Melle Smets & Joost van Onna.
Come and enjoy African stories, German wine and Edam cheese.

Wednesday 06.07.2016

14.00 – 15.00 u.
Book signing Maydan - Hundred portraits
Cosmos-Arles Books, André Frère Editions, Rue des Carmélites, 13200 Arles


Book signing of Maydan – Hundred portraits (co-produced by Paradox) by visual artist Émeric Lhuisset (1983, FR) at the André Frère Editions booth. Prior to the signing, Lhuisset will participate in ‘The Eyes Talks’, a conference dedicated to photography, Europe and photobooks. The conference starts at 13.00, same location.

Thursday 07.07.2016

15.00 – 19.00 u.
Photo Folio Reviews with Bas Vroege
Maison de la Vie Associative, 2 bd. des Lices, Arles


Bas Vroege, director of Paradox, will be present to do portfolio reviews (fully booked).

15.30 – 16.30 u.
Book signing Women We Have Not Lost Yet 
Cosmos-Arles Books, André Frère Editions, Rue des Carmélites, 13200 Arles


Book signing of Women We Have Not Lost Yet  (a Paradox co-production) by photographer Issa Touma (SYR) at the booth of André Frère Editions.

18.00 – 20.00 u.
Focus Africa – Ebifananyi
Sector Photographer Verlag Kettler, Galerie Omnius, 1 rue Vauban, 13200 Arles


Presentation of the HiPU/Paradox book series Ebifananyi and preview of the June 2017 exhibition at FOMU (Antwerp, BE). Richard Reisen interviews photographer Andrea Stultiens, Joachim Naudts (FOMU) and Bas Vroege (Paradox). Africa related photobooks by Art Books Online.

Friday 08.07.2016

22.00 – 00.00 u.
Ceremony Historical Book Award
Théâtre Antique, Rue De la Calade, 13200 Arles


The festive ceremony of the Arles Historical Book Award 2016. Ebifananyi IV – Simuda Nyuma: Forward Ever Backward Never by Andrea Stultiens (co-published by Paradox and HiPU) is among the 15 shortlisted titles (from 839 submitted). The books are on display at the Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers in Arles until September 25.

Saturday 09.07.2016

14.00 – 15.00 u.
Book signing Women We Have Not Lost Yet
Cosmos-Arles Books, André Frère Editions, Rue des Carmélites, 13200 Arles


Book signing of Women We Have Not Lost Yet by photographer Issa Touma (SYR) at the booth of co-production partner André Frère Editions.  

22.00 – 00.00 u.
Film screening + Q&A 9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo
Théâtre Antique, Rue De la Calade, 13200 Arles


Screening of the short documentary 9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege & Floor van der Meulen. With this movie Touma gives a glimpse into the Syrian conflict directly from his appartment window in Aleppo. 9 Days was shown at more than 25 film festivals and won several prizes, including the Sint Petersburg Kinodot Audience Award and the Huesca Film Dazante Award 2016. 9 Days is part of an evening programme also listing a Q&A, a film on Don McCullin and a performance by PJ Harvey.

Book launch Turtle 1 - Building a car in Africa
18 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The majority of the world lives in a do-it-yourself environment. Intrigued by the functioning of these communal spaces, artist Melle Smets and sociologist Joost van Onna travelled to Suame Magazine (Ghana) where cars are disassembled and their parts traded. They collaborated with local artisans and organisations to create a truly African car in only 12 weeks. The results of this adventure are currently on show at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as part of the group exhibition Project Rotterdam.

After a promotional tour through Europe, the vehicle returned to Suame Magazine where talks began regarding an assembly line for Turtle 2. What has happened since then? Is there going to be a Turtle 2? The exciting story of Turtle 1 is now available as a book, which will be launched in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen on 18 June.

Programme

The book will be launched at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where a presentation of the project is currently on show as part of the group manifestation Project Rotterdam.

Playwright, photographer and Volkskrant columnist Hans Aarsman (and writer of the car culture book Vroom! Vroom!) will introduce the book to the audience. Melle Smets and Joost van Onna will present the first copy of the book to the Ghanaian Deejay O’Neil Amponsah.

The launch will be live broadcast in the Netherlands and Ghana by community radio station Radio Akasanoma. Deejay O’Neil Amponsah will moderate this festive event.

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agenda

Project Rotterdam
13/02 - 28/08/2016, Group show which includes Turtle 1 by Melle Smets & Joost van Onna. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,


Borders Kill
Nikos Pilos, 9/06 - 31/07/2016, Group show which includes the videos and live Twitter feed of Borders Kill by Nikos Pilos, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. Part of the Athens Photofestival,


Women We Have Not Lost Yet
Issa Touma, 9/06 - 31/07/2016, Group show which includes Women We Have Not Lost Yet by Issa Touma, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. Part of the Athens Photofestival,


new publications
Picha 5: UHURU - minor accidents - ENG. M. W. Wambwa
Andrea Stultiens | Design Andrea Stultiens | Language: English | Pages: 264 | Publisher: Paradox & HIPUganda | Order at YdocStore


Turtle 1 - Building a Car in Africa
Melle Smets & Joost van Onna | Design Ko Sliggers | Language: English | Pages: 240 | Publisher: Paradox & Kettler Verlag | Available: June 2016 |Pre-order at Ydoc Store



Women We Have Not Lost Yet
Issa Touma | Design Kummer & Herrman | Language: English & Arabic | Pages: 42 | Publisher: Paradox & André Frère Éditions | Order at YdocStore



OTHER PARADOX BOOKS
available at YdocStore


Mondriaan Fund


Paradox is supported by the Mondriaan Fund