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Poppy is an exhibition and book by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong. Launched on 31st of march 2012 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. After visiting the exhibition last year, I left the building relieved and happy, a huge contrast with the topic of the audiovisual installation.
Obviously we must be grateful these courageous independent journalists covered this incredible story for many years and from so many perspectives. But as a creator I was so happy to see a beautiful multimedia production telling a story with all the media available: audio, still images, moving images, text, paper and ink.
The production is selected for the shortlist Dutch Doc Awards 2013. From 26 april 2013 the presentation will be exhibited in het Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, together with the other nominees. 5th of june 2013 the winner will be presented.
Watch the trailer of the Poppy audiovisual installation below.
‘The Silk Road has linked the East and the West from time immemorial. Once a renowned trade route, it transferred religions and cultures, the Silk Road has now turned into a heroin route and is carving out a path of violence and destruction through one of the world’s most strategic yet volatile regions while on its way to the end of its destinations in Europe. Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong documented the route for two decades, covering the rise of the Taliban, the American intervention after September 9/11 and the recent surge in opium production. The images and texts in the publication and the audiovisual installation reveal a dark side of globalisation, as reflected in the faces of smugglers, prisoners, prostitutes, border guards, children and farmers.’