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Marco Larousse photography blog. Read about current projects, documentaries, fine art print sales, gallery exhibits, workshops and speeches by Marco Larousse.

Water is a human right - Millerntor Gallery #9

For the 9th time in a row, Hamburg’s second Bundesliga division team FC. St. Pauli turns their stadium into an art gallery and music festival for the good cause. The motto of this year's Millerntor Gallery is “Water is a human right” and more than 100 artists turned the stadium into a gallery with the goal that “Art creates water”.

The beneficiary of the art sale profits is “Viva con Agua”, a non profit organization founded by former FC St. Pauli Player Benjamin Adrion, that focuses on ensuring that all people worldwide have access to clean drinking water. The opening night art auction already spilled €270.000 into a new clean water project for Mozambique.

The Millerntor Gallery is an annual art festival and diverse meeting space that brings artists from many different nations as well as wealthy art buyers from the corporate world together. The spirit at the festival is positive and united for the good cause. It’s also a reminder that those of us who never have to think about clean drinking water, as it’s a seemingly unlimited resource and never more than the next water fauscett away, are very fortunate. But recent, hot and dry summers have also caused water supply issues here in Germany.

The dialogue about clean drinking water may eventually hit closer to home than many are aware of right now. Therefore, the artistic dialogue about this increasingly scarce resource may just come up at the right time for many of us as a wakeup call.

I would like to point you to the work of my good friend and brilliant photographer Stefan Groenveld who has documented some of the Viva con Agua projects in Afrika in recent years:

Wasser ist Leben (Water is life):

Uganda: Kampala und der Norden:

My images of this very colorful event are reduced to black and white to give you a different point of view:

Hamburg's Streets Unstaged - A Photo Project

At the end of 2016, I've decided to start a street photography project in Hamburg for 2017.

The goal of the project was to document the beauty of the unstaged daily life on Hamburg's streets throughout the year from an artistic and classic street photography point of view. During the project, I've captured more than a thousand photos and walked hundreds of miles on Hamburg's streets.

On December 31th, 2017 I've created a short video with a selection of 4 images from each month of the project that you can watch below.

I'm currently in the process to decide how this project will be shared from here on: Maybe a book, an exhibition, or a fine art print series..?

G20 Summit 2017 in Germany - Hamburg Under Siege

Germany is the host of the G20 summit talks in 2017 and Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to host this event in Hamburg.

Hamburg is known to be an open, diverse and international city due to its large and 828 years old harbor. And because of this, Hamburg also carries the nickname "Gate to the World."

But when it comes to hosting the G20 summit in Hamburg, most people from Hamburg are opposed to having this event in their metropolitan city. While most residents support the idea that leaders of the world should talk to each other and try to effectively tackle the urgent inequity and environmental issues of our planet, the majority of residents think that this event should not have been hosted in the middle of a metropolitan, but rather in a more remote place where the implications and security concerns would have been much less trouble.

In addition to that, the event takes place in the most alternative part of town that had a long history of, let's say, not reacting well to gentrification, capitalism, and inequality of minorities. To these residents, it's seen as a blatant provocation and adds fuel to a G20 summit event that has a long history of protests and violence.

With this photo series, I documented the "under siege" area with my camera just days before the G20 summit started on July 7th & 8th.


Small home made protest sign in a residential building.

A total of 20,000 policeman and policewomen are in Hamburg to guard the G20 summit.

The police are present with info stands in the areas that are affected by the lockdown and limited access rules.

A lot of places in the affected G20 summit area are fenced up with barbed wires

Signs with quotes from Donald Trump show up to use his words to protest the G20 event.

Many stores in the lockdown area have to take mandatory holidays as customers can't reach the stores without permits. The loss of revenue is a price to pay for shop owners.

This motivated many shop owners to show their protest against the G20 in Hamburg: "G20 you should not be here"

As G20 events come with violent protest and riots, many stores board up their windows.

Others hang up signs and ask to spare their stores from damaging them as they are also against the G20 politics.

Those signs don't always work, though.

The alternative scene living close to the G20 venue has clear words voicing their opposition.

The "Rote Flora" is historically the center of all political anti inequality and capitalism protest.

Many protest banners are also aimed towards environmental protection. Instead of "XYZ Nation First" they want to see "Planet Earth First".

Alternative G20 events revolve around solidarity without borders and friendship as opposed to hate.

The Hamburg police had been fighting legal battles with protest organizers who wanted out of town protesters to sleep in a protest camp. "Yes we camp" is their slogan to protest the camp ban.

Even the house of anarchy needs organized structures to protest effectively.

Beer prices are stable at Schanzenviertel even during the G20 summit.

Even traffic lights carry protest messages for the G20 summit.

To sum it up: Many citizens of Hamburg want the G20 summit to just go away.