The luxury and richness – that’s what catches the eye.
Nick Hannes (Nick Hannes) is a Belgian photographer, winner of the photo contest Magnum 2017 Awards in the category “Documentary series” — took a series of photos about the life of the rich of Dubai. This series he called “Bread and circuses”.
“Dubai is a delightful and contradictory. Some love it, others criticized. I don’t want to impose their views to those who see my pictures. Let everyone draw their own conclusions in accordance with their experience and ideas about life,” says Nick Hannes.
“The rapid transformation of Dubai from a dusty fishing town 60 years in ultra-modern metropolis captivates fans and critics,” writes Hannes in the project description. Many of his photos make you think and look at them from a different angle.
“90 percent of the population of Dubai — expats — told Hannes. In this heterogeneous group, I decided to focus primarily on the affluent segment of society. I went to where the members of this group used to spend time in Nightclubs, on beaches, in theme parks, hotels, shopping centers.” Thanks to artificial Islands and buildings, copies of world landmarks, the Dubai can be regarded as a kind of theme Park for the rich, but Hannes tried to look deeper.
Says the photographer, the source of inspiration was the book “the Capsular civilization” (The Capsular Civilisation) the Belgian philosopher Lieven de koter. De Koter “describes to extremes divided society: the first world is an archipelago of protected Islands, or “capsules”, where life is pleasant, and the second is everything else, the chaos and poverty”.
This photographer sees Parallels with his project. “The process of urbanization in Dubai strikingly similar to the phenomenon of “capsulization”. Locally, segregation occurs between expats and migrant workers. At the global level, the Emirates can be seen as one big capsule safe Harbor in the volatile middle East.”
Hannes emphasizes that his images he does not support any specific position. “I don’t have a monopoly on truth, and I do not give answers to questions. Rather, I ask them — about inequality, about the viability of the company, the “economization” of social life, about authenticity, about greed. I hope this will encourage someone to introspect”.
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