Author Archives: Jan Banning

Grant for “Down and Out in the South”

I received a grant from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, or Fonds BKVB, to facilitate my work-in-progress on the homeless in the Southern states of the USA.  Fonds BKVB is the Netherlands national organization responsible for enabling visual artists, designers, architects and cultural mediators to develop their work.

In April 2011, I will continue the homeless portrait series, Down and Out in the South” (working title), setting up a studio at the Atlanta Mission in Atlanta, GA. Meanwhile, my assistant/producer Jennifer King (in Columbia, SC) and I are continuing to look for more homeless organizations that are willing to collaborate both in Atlanta, GA and additionally in the Mississippi Delta region of the United States.

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Impunity: an amazing movie

While continuing the research for “Law and Order”, in cooperation with the German magazine GEO and the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, I came across the film documentary “Impunity”, by Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris, on the trials against the Colombian paramilitary, and the political and economic interests behind them. It was shown at the “Movies that Matter” festival in The Hague. “Impunity” is not only a courageous film (at least one of the directors having received death threats), but also very moving, both on an emotional and on an intellectual level.

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Rijksmuseum purchases Comfort Women and Traces of War

The Rijksmuseum (Dutch national museum in Amsterdam) has decided it will purchase the complete series of  “Comfort Women” (18 prints) and “Traces of War” (24 prints), for its permanent collection.

Rijksmuseum website

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Comfort Women selected into PDN Photo Annual 2011

The photobook “COMFORT Women” was selected into the PDN Photo Annual 2011.This and the other winners will be published in the June 2011 issue of PDN (Photo District News, NY).

More information:

PDN on Facebook
Digi foto pro article
PhotoQ nieuws

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Film Documentary on “Comfort Women” awarded prize at BMFF

The film documentary “Because we were beautiful” by Frank van Osch was awarded the prize for “Best Documentary” at the Big Muddy Film Festival,

Filmmaker Frank van Osch traveled through Indonesia where he searched for former “comfort women”, together with photographer Jan Banning (World Press Photo Award 2004) and journalist Hilde Janssen. During the Second World War these women were forced to carry out sexual activities in military brothels, encampments and Japanese barracks.

The film was broadcast on Dutch national television, August 15, 2010.

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