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photo exhibition Daniel Chatard - No Man`s Land

Daniel Chatard

28 June 2024 19:00–23:00 29 June 2024 14:00–20:00 30 June 2024 12:00–16:00
The young artists' collective of studio UR-ART is opening its doors for the very first time. The studio not only serves as a platform for young photo artists, but also as a space for exchange and encounters.
The first exhibition will be "No Man's Land" by Daniel Chatard. The award-winning series deals with the current conflict over climate change and mining in the Rhineland Area in Germany.

Opening 27.06.2024 7pm.
Artist talk 28.06.2024 8pm.

About the work:

No Man`s Land

In the German Rhineland, people's lives are marked by huge, slowly but steadily creeping holes that have already swallowed up fields, dozens of villages and entire forests. They are marked by their powerlessness in the face of an energy giant, which is rooted more deeply in the region than any tree in the resettlement sites. What does it feel like to look into these gaping holes and know: Somewhere there was my home?

The project "No Man's Land" looks at the conflict over the extraction of brown coal in the Rhineland, where the energy company RWE operates the opencast mines Hambach, Garzweiler and Inden. Together, they form the largest source of CO2 emissions in all of Europe. To enlarge the mines, fields had to give way, forests were cut down and entire villages destroyed and resettled. While Germany claims itself to be in a leading position in the transition towards renewables, the country is still heavily dependent on coal for energy production, with brown coal being the dirtiest source of energy available.

The conflict over space is documented to examine the current struggle in Germany between environmental, public and economic interests. It captures an era of the beginning of the end of coal within the transition of energy production in Germany.


Daniel Chatard

Daniel Chatard (b.1996) is a German-French documentary photographer and visual researcher. He investigates themes revolving around power structures, collective identity, and trauma. Looking at landscapes as vessels of collective experiences and memories, he tries to develop new narratives and tell human stories in their environmental context.
Chatard graduated in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, and in Photography & Society at the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague. He studied for an exchange semester at the Faculty of Journalism of the Tomsk State University in Russia. He currently lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance photojournalist. He recently won the World Press Photo Contest.


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