New at Carte Blanche
Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism by Tomas van Houtryve
Presentation and book signing at Carte Blanche July 5th from 6pm
Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism
In several nations across the globe, the Communist Party has managed to hold on, mutate and adapt to the 21st century. Whether due to unaddressed class inequality, nostalgia or the steel fist of totalitarianism, these places continue to resist against the tides of history. Over the course of seven years, Tomas secured unprecedented access to North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Moldova. He discovered a secretive world of revolutionaries, spies, opposition fighters and ordinary workers. His photographs explore the gulf between the high ideals of communism and its complex present day reality. “Behind the Curtains” is the winner of the 2012 POYi World Understanding Award.
Tomas van Houtryve
Tomas is a member of VII. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including POYi Photographer of the Year, the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents and the Perpignan Young Photographer Award. Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown in Paris, New York City, Spain and Italy. Many of his photographs of intense political actions are, paradoxically, distinguished by their intimacy. Tomas is part of Carte Blanche’s permanent collection.
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