Into the Heart of Darkness

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The exhibition Amazonas with works by Mads Nissen, World Press Photo 2014 winner, will be on display at the Galerie für Fotografie in Hanover from 20 July to 20 August. With this candid yet poetic series, the Danish documentary photographer takes the viewer on a fascinating journey deep into the rainforests of South America – addressing topics revolving around modernity and tradition, human instincts and desires, and isolated indigenous cultures in the heart of the jungle.  

Deep in the world’s largest rainforest, Nissen joins a family of the nomadic Chimane tribe, who roams in remote territories far from civilisation. He photographs greed-driven gold miners, who risk their lives for money which they then spend on women and cheap booze; he discovers communities of exiled homosexuals, a floating city on the formidable Amazon River, and a recently crashed plane. He also encounters the Waorani, Huitoto and Yanomami tribes, whose ancient traditions are incompatible with an increasingly intrusive civilised world.

Mads Nissen’s work focuses primarily on social issues, human rights violations and our destructive relationship with the natural world.

For further details visit Galerie für Fotografie in Hannover and Mads Nissen

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