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November newsletter

Last chance to preorder NOWHERE

Along with Frank van der Salm, Irma Boom and Lenoirschuring printing studio, we’re very excited to share that we’ve reached our Voordekunst crowdfunding goal to be able to print the NOWHERE book! Our warmest thanks to everyone who has contributed. Your confidence and support of this project has ensured the publication of the book.

The team are now hard at work on the final details of the monograph, including the choice of paper, making of test sheets, the integration of texts and images, the choice of foldouts and determining the QR codes. A beautiful, unconventional flow that connects the photo and video works over the years is almost ready and no one could have done a better job of designing it than Irma Boom.

We have now slightly adjusted the fundraising target with the aim to increase the print run and hope you are willing to share the project with your colleagues, friends and family. There is just one more week left to take the unique opportunity to preorder a signed book as well as limited edition prints!

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China in Africa in China

In October Paradox took promising first steps towards concrete development of the new project China in Africa in China.

Ugandan partner organisation Fotea organised the first online session with photographers Katumba Badru, Miriam Watsemba, Andrew Kartende, Steward Tibaweswa and journalists Davis Buyondo and Ronald Kato. In a second session, the photographers and journalists brainstormed potential storylines on China-Africa relations in Uganda with Fotea’s Stella Nantongo and Anna Kućma.

China in Africa in China aims to tell nuanced visual stories about the complex subject of China-Africa relations and the major shift in geopolitics that lies behind it. The goal is to present a view that goes beyond the media perspectives of a debt-trap or win-win situation, and instead shows the complexity and daily reality of the subject. The project will be presented in episodes and each will be available for print and digital media outlets. The entire project will become available on a mobile platform where a second layer offers insight to the global picture, media perspectives and the data behind it.

While in Uganda the first storylines are developed, we continue to build partnerships. Lagos Photofestival has confirmed its involvement, talks with additional partners across the African continent are taking place. In China, we are setting up collaborations with individual curators and producers.

Until now the project is self-funded. In order to take the project to the next level, we are currently investigating funding options.

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The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the self-proclaimed independence of Nagorno-Karabakh was referred to as a forgotten conflict for decades. On November 9, the two countries signed a Russian-brokered agreement after six weeks of heavy fighting during which Azerbaijan took major parts of the region back. Context to the conflict can be provided by our 2012 publication OFFSIDE, in which photographer Dirk-Jan Visser and writer Arthur Huizinga tell the story from the perspective of an Azeri and an Armenian football team, both playing in exile.

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No football again? European Fields Unlocked

No football again? <em>European Fields Unlocked</em>

As Europe returns to varying levels of lockdown, in several countries amateur team sports are sorely missed for the second time this year. Released in April as a gesture during the COVID-19 outbreak, all five of Hans van der Meer's observations of life at the bottom of the football pyramid are free to watch on our YouTube channel. Subscribe if you like what you see!

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