From 1993 to 2006 a catastrophic civil war has devastated #Burundi, causing a death toll of over 300,000. 10 years after the official end of the war, Burundi is still trying to get back up on its feet. Following the war, poverty in Burundi increased from 48 to 67 percent of the population. Being ranked as the second most impoverished country in the world, Burundians face a tremendous amount of hardships day after day.
Located at 3,800 meters above sea level, #QuilotoaLagoon, is housed in the #crater formed by the violent eruptions of the volcano of the same name, located on the slopes of the river Toachi. The lagoon is about a half hour distance from the village of Apahua. The Quilotoa laguna is one of Ecuador’s most spectacular sites.
The #AndesMountains are the dominant topographic feature of #Ecuador and occupy the central third of the country from the northern to southern borders. Ecuador is one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world according to Conservation International, and it has the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation.
#BailBond is a visual tale set in contemporary New York. By weaving together stories of bondsmen, defendants and bounty hunters, the reportage sheds light on an unexplored edge of law and order in the US, a place where crime and security collide and amalgamate, leaving no room for the spectator to take side.
Defendant in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC
CB2,AN INFANT #ROBOT BUILT TO UNDERSTAND HOW ROBOTS LEARN. ASADA LABORATORY, OSAKA UNIVERSITY, JAPAN
Last Supper, East Vancouver - Jesus
This piece is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's iconic, Last Supper, which was painted in the late 15th century in Milan, Italy.
My reenactment of history’s most famous dinner party is meant to portray the treatment of the most vulnerable by society.
I have placed Jesus and his Apostles, a street gang, specifically in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This is Canada’s poorest postal code and a place of chronic drug abuse, alcohol addiction and mental illness.
Jesus and the Apostles consume the diet of street people: cheap packaged noodles, cheap beer and canned tuna, while Judas plots his betrayal of Jesus.
In Vancouver, so much money has flowed into the Downtown Eastside, but it is still a place of violence, addiction and homelessness. Image by Dina Goldstein #easter#lastsupper#reenactment#photography
Holy Mary figure carrying the heart with the seven swards during the easter celebrations. Duas Igrejas, Trás-os-Montes, Portugal.
João Pedro Marnoto/INSTITUTE Image from the feature Nine Months of Winter and Three of Hell. #easter
#Yangoon, #Myanmar. In this picture locomotive slowly leaving the Central Yangon Station. There are 23 circular line trains, usually leaving from tracks 6 and 7. Altogether, in one day, they pass through the station 215 times. One circular trip around Yangon takes about three hours. The Circular Line in Yangon consists of 45.9 kilometres of track via 39 stations, which form a loop around the capital connecting its satellite towns. The system is heavily utilized by the locals, selling about 150 000 tickets daily and providing cheap transportation. Andrea Frazzetta / INSTITUTE @andrea_frazzetta
It is 3.30 pm on the #Lofotenislands. The sun has set almost an hour ago and the moon rising between two snow mountains reflects its bright light onto the icy beach of Flakstad. Even though we are hundreds of kilometers North of the #ArcticCircle , the most popular activity here is #surfing . The Lofoten islands are famous worldwide for their scenic fishing villages surrounded by snow mountains, icy bays and northern lights. Although it is cod fishing that has traditionally played the dominant role in the islands’ history a local surfing scene has emerged in the little bay of Unstad, cut off from the rest of the island by mountains. Nowadays, what used to be the village school has become a surf camp welcoming adventurers and professional surfers from all around the world coming to defy the best waves of the #Arctic.
Tarjei Hansen, from Tromso is looking at moon rise on the #Flakstad spot after a session in the waves.
Tim Franco/INSTITUTE @timfranco
Four decades have gone by since Richard Nixon declared his famous "war on drugs”, a war which is now globally, and by any standard, considered one of the biggest human and political failures of modern society. Over 1 trillion U.S. dollars has been spent to eradicate drugs from our societies, with no positive results. In many parts of the world, such as Mexico, drug violence has become endemic. Gangs are doing roaring deals and are driving unimaginable profits for organized crime worldwide, while nations' joint efforts at reducing the demand have been completely fruitless.
It is no wonder that countries around the world are rethinking their approach to drugs, with former ministers and politicians admitting the mistakes of the past and pushing for change, starting from cannabis. The legalization of cannabis has been asked by people all over the globe for at least 20 years now, but the undergoing, slow process of social acceptance is only the result of a recent recognition of its medical properties. As politicians around the globe begin to understand that this might be the entry point that enables them to change the figures in which they have failed, major shifts are already occurring in the United States, where five states have recently voted to tax and regulate cannabis consumption.
Underneath these shifts however, lies an even greater revolution: a tenaciously united and like-minded group of women are leading the way in transforming a market which was once governed solely by criminals and dominated by illegality and corruption, into one of the greatest opportunities of change, medical progress, and economical growth of the coming century.
Referred to as “town ball” as far back as the early 19th century, Little League continues to capture our attention. Parents endure the spring chill, and early summer heat in huddles on the sidelines, while young players abide by the traditional rhythms of the game, out in the fields, or in dugouts, whose walls gleam with fresh coats of green paint.
In an election year when Americans stand divided, the ritual of youth baseball reminds us of something we all share, weaving through us a common historical thread of familiarity. Shot in black and white, these images allow for an age-old communion between player and spectator, and a mutual love of a timeless game. Fields connect communities, and children gear up with hope and a simple goal of crossing home plate into the arms of cheering teammates. An umpire’s call through a cloud of dust, brings us to our feet with expressions of exhilaration or disappointment, and for a short time allows us to break from the constant nagging of a cell phone or work obligations. In these moments we have the comfort of knowing, that in another part of the country, also exists, spectators on bleachers, clustered around baseball fields in the fading evening sun, with a similar view, unchanged. This Timeless Game by @lindsaymorrisphoto#townball#littleleague#baseball#storytelling@littleleague
Guillaume Bonn's 'Mosquito Coast' at Art Paris Art Fair
A.galerie at Le Grand Palais during Art Paris Art Fair will show Guillaume Bonn's Mosquito Coastwork.
The United Kingdom's prospective withdrawal from the European Union is widely known as #Brexit, a portmanteau of "Britain" and "exit". Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016, in which 51.9% of votes cast were in favour of leaving the EU, the UK government has stated its intention to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (the formal procedure for withdrawing) on 29 March 2017. This, within the treaty terms, would put the UK on a course to leave the EU on, before or potentially after 29 March 2019.
Peter, Newlyn Fish Market. “I voted Leave along with the fishing industry, I do actually believe in the free movement of people and a lot of the EU legislation but something has to change with fishing quotas and rules. They’re now saying that nothing will change until at least 2019 and even then we can’t just disregards all the current rules on fishing limits and areas. The French have a right to catch as well and if there are no controls then there won’t be any fish left for future generations”. Travis Hodges/INSTITUTE @travishodgesuk
The UK Bikelife movement is young, but in the past 2 years its growth has been dramatic. Quickly becoming a fully-formed subculture and underground sport scene with hundreds of riders in dozens of groups across London and further afield.
The primary aim of the Bikelife scene is to bring young bikers together to ride, perform tricks and share videos and photos to a large and engaged social media following.
Happy #mothersday this Sunday Image from Unspoken Conversations, Mothers and Daughters by @raniamatar Rania Matar
Welcome to the brave new world in which humanoid robots—exciting, thrilling, frightening to some, strange to others, controversial, lifesaving—will change our lives in countless ways. Max Aguilera-Hellweg explores the turning point in the evolution of robot science, where robots are becoming more like humans, crossing the great divide between data processing and sentience. #humanoid#robot#wetellstories@xfilm7
Delighted to announce @susanagraph joins INSTITUTE. Susana Raab is a photographer based out of Washington, D.C. She was born in Lima, Peru and raised throughout the United States. She began her career as a photojournalist in Washington covering politics.
Susana returned to graduate school at Ohio University to focus on creating long-term personal work. There she began Consumed, an exploration of fast food in America, which defined the quirky and serious subject matter she investigates in many stories of America at leisure. The series was nominated for the Prix Pictet (2013), exhibited widely, and collected by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Library of Congress.
More recently her work as focused on the east of the Anacostia River neighborhoods in Washington, DC and in Peru, where she recently finished an upcoming body of work, Precious Stranger. Yielding to the archival impulse, Susana incorporates neighborhood and family archive with contemporary photography. Her work is a love affair with the quotidian, writ large in color.
Among other honors, she has been the recipient of the White House News Photographers’ Project Grant, several DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, honors in American Photography, Photo District News, Center. Her work is held in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Capital One Collection, The Library of Congress, Division of Prints & Photographs, The Art Museum of the Americas, and the D.C. Public Art Bank. Image from her story Twinsburg #twins
Geologists are saying that we are already living in a new era on planet Earth called #Anthropocenus. They say it was generated by the industrialised nations and their elites after turning Industry into the new engine that defines the whole planet´s dynamics.
The truth is that a certain critical approach to industrialization and its consequences reached relative levels of attention in most developed countries, but still, an economic model based on the uncontrolled and abusive exploitation of natural resources and excessive consumption of manufactured goods is still being taken as an example for a prosperous future in most underdeveloped countries, despite its obvious failure. nthropocenus or, according to sociologist Jason Moore, Capitalocenus, raised both, inequality and global warming, to previously unseen levels. On top of this, the lack ofhonest macroeconomic commitments to prevent or even try to slow down the consequences of this dynamic of excess would have effects that are hard to predict and will be probably be harder to face.
The signs are evident for the environmental decadence of our planet but still those countries located in the periphery of the system are lead into feeding the problematic with the young vigour that novelty brings. After decades of historical exploitation at all the imaginable levels by the official metropolis, Africa is now hopelessly embracing the remains of other´s mistakes becoming a target market for low quality and highly toxic products with hardly any planning made to manage the “after party”.
With this state of things we decided to approach all environmental issues as a whole, projecting what the challenges would be for the territories that are more exposed and less prepared for the consequences of this excess. We decided to visualise the effects of macro-economics into African micro-routines. Research is underway to produce genetically modified animals for consumption, but studies are still uncertain about possible effects on the consumer´s health and the environment.