From 21 June till 20 September 2020, the 27th edition of the Noorderlicht International Photo Festival takes place. Noorderlicht invites photographers and other visual artists to submit work around the central theme: Generation Z. The festival is about the mind-set and energy of this youngest generation of world citizens. How do they deal with their dystopian future perspective? Their emotions are a source of desire and a sinkhole at the same time, leading to grand and compelling activism, but also to changing attitudes to life that remain under the radar. By tapping into the hopes and fears of Generation Z, Noorderlicht aims to provide insight into their world.
Generation Z is the first group of digital world citizens to have an infinite amount of information at their fingertips from an early age on. But they are also naturally aware of its problematic relationship with the truth and live in the knowledge that their real life does not correspond to the screen reality they can create.
Generation Z is witnessing the start of the fourth industrial revolution, in which technology is turning labour relations and the very essence of humanity upside down. Z is confronted with climate threats and an exhausted earth. It has no conscious memories of 9/11 or of a time without war on terror. It grows up in a world where it sees itself surrounded by work pressure problems, economic stagnation and nationalistic sentiment. They are young adults with less expectations of a stable future than their parents, something they hold previous generations responsible for.
If one thing is clear to this generation, itâ€™s this: the current system no longer suffices. They collectively take to the streets to bring about change and fight hand in hand for a new balance between the forces that must guarantee the future of this planet. Z is clearing up radically, speeding up things like equality and inclusiveness. Subjects such as de-colonialization, gender equality and body positivity are high on the agenda, and that is just the beginning.
Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2020Generation Z
21 June - 20 September 2020
main location: Museum BelvĂ©dĂ¨re, Heerenveen NL
complemented by locations in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden
Quelle: Noorderlicht International Photo Festival