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25.08.2010

 

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age - the Noorderlicht Photo Festival illustrates the growing crisis that is today's rural life

Since the start of the 21st century, over half of the world’s population live in cities. The number totals 3.3 billion people, who live on 3% of the earth’s surface. The question of the consequences is unavoidable. Will rural living survive the devastation, be it economic, demographic, cultural or environmental? This year’s Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2010 is dedicated to these questions. ‘Land – Country Life in the Urban Age’.

We like to think of rural living as idyllic – in harmony with nature, in small familial communities, with hard work but content faces. However, these romantic notions couldn’t be further from today’s impersonal, urban truth.

Poverty is a daily reality that is miles away from the western world, social flexibility is a privilege of youth, the rural population is aging and the number of inhabitants is sinking.

The exhibition shows that the city and countryside are symbiotically connected – they are interdependent: the city is the centre of economic and social enterprise, the countryside nurtures and supports it. Agriculture is constructed on large surface productions at minimum cost, causes the destruction of natures and boosts urban migration. In other words: the rural population faces a great challenge in the 21st century.

‘Land – Country Life in the Urban Age’ presents works by around 30 photographers and paraphrases the crisis in the countryside. The images range from Nadav Kander’s journey along the Yangtse River to Rodrigo Zeferino’s view of the industrialisation of Brazilian back countries. The exhibition takes us on a trip to China, Romania and Bangladesh, constantly tackling the questions: what role does the country have in our urbanised society? And is it possible, against all economic odds, to assign rural living with a new value?

We hope that a visit to the exhibition will result in everyone finding their own answer, since 2011 will follow with a second, contrasting part: ‘Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age’, which will raise other issues and questions.


Noorderlicht International Photo Festival


Land – Country Life in the Urban Age

Fries Museum
Tufmarkt 11
Leeuwarden
Netherlands

5 September – 31 October 2010
Tue – Sun, 11:00 – 17:00

NOORDERLICHT : Tessa Bunney

NOORDERLICHT : Tessa Bunney

NOORDERLICHT : George Awde

NOORDERLICHT : George Awde

NOORDERLICHT : Brigitte Grignet

NOORDERLICHT : Brigitte Grignet

NOORDERLICHT : Evzen Sobek

NOORDERLICHT : Evzen Sobek

NOORDERLICHT : Jackie Nickerson

NOORDERLICHT : Jackie Nickerson

NOORDERLICHT : Nadav Kander

NOORDERLICHT : Nadav Kander

NOORDERLICHT : Larisa Sitar

NOORDERLICHT : Larisa Sitar

NOORDERLICHT : Munem Wasif

NOORDERLICHT : Munem Wasif

NOORDERLICHT : Munem Wasif

NOORDERLICHT : Munem Wasif