VIA PANAM The Pursuit of Happiness
Kadir van Lohuizen

Website and Blog
During his journey, between March 2011 and March 2012, Kadir van Lohuizen shared his experiences on the Via PanAm blog: The website also provides background information about migration and the countries visited.

Via PanAm is a project by Kadir van Lohuizen, NOOR Images and Paradox, in collaboration with VPRO radio and NRC Handelsblad.

Kadir van Lohuizen
Kadir van Lohuizen (1963) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his projects on the seven rivers of the world and the diamond industry. He has received numerous prizes, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, he and ten others established the NOOR agency (Amsterdam, New York). He became a member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo in 2008. To date, he has published four photo books, including Diamond Matters, the diamond industry and Aderen.

Why do people migrate? Where to and for what reasons? What is the fate of the different indigenous populations in the Americas? In Via PanAm, Kadir van Lohuizen investigates the roots of migration in the Americas, a phenomenon which is as old as humanity but is increasingly portrayed as a new threat to the Western world.

Via PanAm follows Van Lohuizen’s footsteps from the very south of Chile to the very north of Alaska. Travelling almost 40,000 km along the Pan-American Highway and crossing through 15 countries, Van Lohuizen visualized the stories of the communities, regions and societies he encountered. His work reflects a diverse range of migration experiences both historic and contemporary. The photo stories reflect the complexity of migration – the diverse motivations for coming and going, the struggles and successes, the economic, political, social and environmental contexts, as well as the intimate moments and personal stories - some touching upon current issues, some on topics long forgotten but not resolved.

Website and iPad app
Via PanAm engages the audience through a variety of platforms, using both traditional and new media. The stories made on the road were edited into weekly radio broadcasts, biweekly newspaper columns and regular magazine publications. The Via PanAm website and iApp not only provide contextual background info, but also directly connected readers and viewers with the journey’s progress. Day by day, the Americas and their people revealed themselves to the photographer and his followers as photo-stories, video and audio were uploaded on a regular basis.
The app, which can be purchased in the App Store, is available in English and Dutch, and soon also in Spanish.

Book and exhibition
The Via PanAm exhibition is a combination of an audio-visual installation and a series of large prints plus iPads showing the app. Together they form a spatial environment in which multimedia photostories and road videos immerse the audience in the surroundings and stories of the project. The exhibition launched in Chile in January 2013, and travels to several venues in Europe and (Latin) America.

The publication, designed by Heijdens Karwei, takes the reader along through the changing landscapes of the countries travelled and zooms in on the lives of the people Van Lohuizen portrayed. Their stories show their strength and their vulnerability, the variety of motivations they have, the roads they travel and the (often informal) infrastructures they enter into. Order your copy here:

Nominated for the Canon Zilveren Camera Award 2012 and 2013.

Nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2013.

Nominated for the Best Dutch Book Designs 2013

supported by
Stichting Sem Presser Archief | Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten | Fonds BJP | Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken | Mondriaan Fonds | SNS REAAL Fonds

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exhibition specs
80 prints of 80 x 120 cm on canvas
5 projection screens of 2 x 3 m showing images, video, audio and text
3 iPads showing the Via PanAm iPad app
Exhibition design is flexible and can be tailored for different spaces
Required space: 200-1200 m2

Project Manager:
Henri J Sandront


Via PanAm
Via PanAm - The Pursuit of Happiness
Kadir van Lohuizen, YdocPublishing / Paradox, 2013.
Text: Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Design: Heijdens Karwei
Pages: 420
Size: 24,5 x 31,2 cm
Text: English and Spanish
ISBN: 978-90-818876-1-8

Available in the YdocStore

Springvossen on Amsterdam FM, broadcasted 26 November 2013. Listen to the radio interview here

NTR's Kunststof TV, broadcasted 10 November 2013. Check out the episode here

NCRV's Casa Luna on Radio 1, broadcasted 5 November 2013. Listen to the radio interview here

Event: artist talk
23/10/2014 - 19:30hrs - Pomhouse CNA, Luxembourg
Kadir van Lohuizen will be giving a guided tour and an artist talk at the CNA in Luxembourg.
His solo exhibition Vía PanAm - The Pursuit of Happiness is on show until 14/12/2014.

The Via PanAm iPad aplication follows Kadir's footsteps during the trip. In addition to the blog and background texts that are also available on the project website, the app features Van Lohuizen’s extended visual reports containing images, audio and video. A rich and ongoing compilation of stories, the app takes a bold and innovative new-media approach to visual storytelling.

Available in the App Store.

View the trailer for Via PanAm by clicking link above