«Consumption», Prix Pictet 2014

The CAB is pleased and honoured to welcome the Prix Pictet, prize for Photography and Sustainability

For the exhibition at the CAB, eleven outstanding international photographers show projects on the theme of ‘consumption’ contributing to the debate about the most pressing social and environmental challenges today.

Including work by Adam Bartos (United States), Motoyuki Daifu (Japan), Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Hong Hao (China), Mishka Henner (United Kingdom), Juan Fernando Herrán (Colombia), Boris Mikhailov (Ukraine), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria), Allan Sekula (United States), Laurie Simmons (United States) and winner Michael Schmidt (Germany).

‘We are all consumers. Our survival depends on our ability to exploit the abundant riches of the natural world. Until recently there was a delicate but effective balance between our own needs and what the planet could supply. We now find that that balance has shifted radically. In the so-called developed world need has given way to desire. We have emptied the seas and ravaged the land in our relentless drive to satisfy and then stimulate further our unquenchable desires. We have created vast empires based on luxury goods we don’t need. We have sustained all of this by often thoughtless exploitation of the world’s poorest countries and communities.’

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