Nicolas Sanchez L.

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Post-industrial futures (Scenes from two rivers)

[2017] The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region is the largest in Germany with over 11 million inhabitants spread around a web of cities, heavy industrial hubs and two rivers; the Ruhr and the Rhine. And rivers do much more than bear merchandise, as Victor Hugo wrote while in his journey along the whole length of the Rhine in 1842. Where freighters float along, ideas and people also spread. In the recent centuries these rivers carried the early industrialisation, progress, migration and the quest for a better living. The people of its wavy banks, bewildered in dreams, contemplate the same shining sunsets, asking the same questions that the river carries as it flows, sometimes roaring, sometimes murmuring.

Rhein-Ruhr, Scenes from two rivers, is a portrait of this land crossed by rivers, dotted with cities, linked by bridges, crowned by furnaces and chimneys, inhabited by people who embraced as their own a new kind of landscape where culture and nature merge in a continuos negotiation. These are tableau scenes from Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Oberhausen, Bochum, Ruhrgebiet, Krefeld, Solingen, Hagen, Kettwig, Hattingen, Essen, Trier, Bottrop, Witten, Leverkusen, Neuss, Dormagen, Aachen, Duisburg, Remscheid, Bonn, Cologne, Koblenz, Mönchengladbach, Mülheim; postcards of the plains and the humans irrigated by these golden ribbons.

  1. Dogwalk, Duisburg-Ruhrorter Häfen

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  2. Paradiestrand II

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  3. Zeche Recklinghausen II from Halde Hoheward

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  4. Halde Hoheward Viewpoint

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  5. Canoe at the Ruhr

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  6. The Brückerbach, an arm of the Düssel

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  7. Sunday at the Rhine with Gas-und-Dampfturbinenkraftwerk

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  8. Kayaks at the Ruhr

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  9. Der RuhrtalRadweg

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  10. Picnic in front of the Heizkraftwerk Lausward

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  11. Cargo ship at the Rhine meanders in Himmelgeist

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  12. Hamm beach at the Rhine

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  13. Skatepark at Zeche Recklinghausen

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  14. Beach in Himmelgeist with views to Alunorf

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  15. Bathing at the Ruhr

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  16. Canoe at Eisenbahnbrücke Hattingen

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  17. Child on swing at the Rhine meanders, Meerbusch

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  18. Am Ruhr

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  19. Walkman by the Ruhr riverside

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  20. Under the Fleher Brücke

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  21. Biking at Heizkraftwerk Herne Baukau

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  22. Dogwalk, Kraftwerk Neurath

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  23. Gathering at the Theodor Heuss Brücke

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  24. A Neurath house

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  25. Arsol Verwaltungs chemical plant, Gelsenkirchen

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  26. Kraftwerk Neurath II

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  27. Kokereialle, Essen

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  28. Sunbathing at Eisenbahn Ruhrbrücke

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  29. Swan at Kemnader See

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  30. Sunset at the Aschlöksken II

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Tryptic, Analog photography, C-Print, 180 x 150 cm

  31. Grandpas at Kraftwerk Hermann Wenzel

    Rhein-Ruhr (Scenes from two rivers) Analog photography, C-print, 150 x 180 cm

  32. Sunset at the Aschlöksken I

    Post-industrial futures (Scenes from two rivers) Dyptic, Analog photography, C-Print, 180 x 150 cm