Teun Voeten in ‘Engines of War’ exhibition at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. – New York City

March 27th, 2013 by

Teun Voeten, Kak Afghan District, Zabul Province (After ten days of operations, a US army unit is flown back to base. A Chinook helicopter transporting a Humvee vehicle back to the main US Army base in Khandahar), August 2004, courtesy of the photographer

March 28 – May 4, 2013

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is pleased to present ‘Engines of War,’ a group exhibition curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy. How does the United States of America conduct war in the 21st century? That was the question we asked ourselves when first considering the exhibition Engines of War. We were thinking largely in terms of high tech materiel and we envisioned that the photographic record of the past decade of our involvement in the Middle East would provide images of that materiel in action. But although there are images here of drones and of other state of the art military equipment, the reality that comes to the fore is that the human body of the men and women who serve in the armed forces remains the primary, highly trained yet fragile weapon of the United States military. Contributing artists: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Iraq, Heather Ainsworth, USA, Lisa Barnard, UK, David Cotterrell, UK, Benjamin Lowy, USA, Christopher Morris, USA, Eugene Richards, USA, Jamel Shabazz, USA, Anthony Suau, USA, and Teun Voeten, Netherlands.

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Teun Voeten “Narco Estado” and “New York Tunnel People” book presentations – Las Cruces, NM & El Paso, TX

December 11th, 2012 by

Las Cruces, NM, Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4 pm
El Paso, Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6 PM

Renowned anthropologist war photographer Teun Voeten, gives talks about his newly released “Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico.” From 2009 till 2011, Voeten focused on the drug related violence that is destabilizing Mexico. He visited the epicenter of the violence, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots such as Culiacan and Michoacan. With introductary essays by El Paso based anthropologist Howard Campbell as well as Culiacan based writer Javier Valdez Cardenas, this hard hitting photobook tries to explains why the drug violence in Mexico can no longer be ignored as a fringe criminal problem, since it is eroding the very fundaments of our human civilization. The bookdesign, sober yet strong, is the work of renowned Dutch designer Jan Kleingeld who also designed ‘A Ticket To’, Voeten’s first photo book.

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Teun Voeten booklaunch at Ye Olde Carlton Arms – New York City

October 10th, 2012 by

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6-9pm

The Carlton Arms Hotel is pleased to present the launch of Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico by Dutch photographer Teun Voeten. From 2009 till 2011, Teun Voeten focused on the drug related violence that is destabilizing Mexico. He visited the epicenter of the violence, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots such as Culiacan and Michoacan. With  essays by El Paso based anthropologist Howard Campbell as well as Culiacan based writer Javier Valdez Cardenas, this hard hitting photobook tries to explain why the drug violence in Mexico can no longer be ignored as a fringe criminal problem, since it is eroding the very fundaments of our human civilization.

Carlton Arms Hotel
160 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Tel.: 212-679-0680

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Teun Voeten lecture “Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico” at The Half King – New York City

October 5th, 2012 by

Monday, October 8, 2012, 7pm

The Half King Bar & Restaurant is pleased to welcome their old friend, veteran war correspondent, photographer, and Half King regular Teun Voeten, back with his best collection yet. From 2009 till 2011, Teun Voeten has documented the drug related violence that is destabilizing Mexico. He visited the epicenter of the violence, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots including Culiacan and Michoacan. With introductory essays by El Paso based anthropologist Howard Campbell aand Javier Valdez Cardenas, this hard-hitting book tries to explain, through writing and photography, why the drug violence in Mexico can no longer be ignored as a problem among criminals problem, but one that is eroding the very fundamentals of our human civilization.

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Teun Voeten lectures at Meadows School of Art and PDNB Gallery – Dallas, TX

March 6th, 2012 by

March 7-8, 2012

International photojournalist, Teun Voeten, will present a gallery talk at PDNB Gallery this Thursday evening, March 8, 2012. Teun will be flying from Brussels to visit Dallas for this talk and a slide presentation at SMU, in the Owens Art Center, Wednesday evening, March 7th.

Teun Voeten’s photographs of Ciudad Juarez are included in PDNB Gallery’s current exhibition, BORDER, curated by Missy Finger. His photographs document the violent city of Drug Cartel Wars, an epidemic problem within Mexico. Reports estimatedeaths of over 47,000 Mexican citizens throughout the country caused by the Drug Cartel wars.

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Teun Voeten in group exhibition at PDNB Gallery – Dallas, TX

February 18th, 2012 by

Teun Voeten, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, June 2009, courtesy PDNB Gallery and the photographer

February 18 – May 5, 2012

PDNB Gallery is pleased to present Border: Photographs  by Delilah Montoya, Jeffrey Silverthorne, and Teun Voeten. Three of PDNB Gallery artists have documented the U.S. / Mexico border from  different perspectives. Delilah Montoya’s Trail of Thirst series reveals the migrant border crossings  through the Arizona-Mexico border on the O’odham Tohono Nation reservation. Belgium based photojournalist, Teun Voeten, has bravely photographed the Ciudad Juárez drug wars that have made major headlines in the news in the last few years. And from 1980 – 1990′s Jeffrey Silverthorne has documented the infamous Boy’s Town culture in Nuevo Laredo Mexico.

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A conversation with Teun Voeten at the Fruitlands Museum – Harvard, MA

January 20th, 2012 by

Friday, January 20, 2012 – 6pm

Teun Voeten will reflect on 20+ years as a war correspondent, photojournalist and anthropologist.  His recent speaking events in Belgium focus on changes in the EU, amorality in the news, and getting serious about Africa.  This impromptu conversation should be  interesting.  Voeten’s photojournalism work in Afghanistan was featured in the recent museum exhibit Witness to Global Conflict: 9/11 and Beyond, in the Fall of 2011.

Fruitlands Museum
Wayside Education building
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451
Tel.: 978-456-3924

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Teun Voeten photographs and books in silent auction to benefit MAPC St. James’ Homeless Shelter – New York City

November 30th, 2010 by

Teun Voeten, Julio and Estoban, New York, Summer 1995, courtesy the artist

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:30-9pm

Please join the MAPC/St. James’ Homeless Shelter for a benefit reception. In a conversation moderated by former ABC news correspondent Bob Jamieson, Teun Voeten and Bernard Isaac, an eloquent former tunnel dweller, will discuss their experiences as described in Voeten’s recently published book, Tunnel People.

Teun Voeten, Little Havana, New York, Winter 1994, courtesy the artist

Book sales and the proceeds from a silent auction of photographs featured in the book will be used to fund an emergency drop-in shelter that will be open to those in need during the coming winter months. The budget for six months of operation is $37,000.

Teun Voeten, Tunnel Art, New York, December 1994, courtesy the artist

To register online, or to make a donation if you are unable to attend the reception and would like to contribute, please follow this link. Alternatively, you may send a check payable to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (memo line "Shelter Benefit") and mail to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church to the attention of Arabel Bello.

Madison Avenue
Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Tel.: 212-288-8920

www.mapc.com

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Teun Voeten "Tunnel People" reading at The Half King Bar & Restaurant – New York City

November 29th, 2010 by

Monday, November 29, 2010, 7pm

Originally published in the Netherlands, Tunnel People became an instant classic when it came out in 1996. It was praised as an anthropological journalistic insider’s account, that in a brutally honest way describes in sometimes graphic details the ins and outs of homeless life in New York.

By the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan. A small group of them went underground. Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel systems of the city. Acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld. For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept and worked in a tunnel underneath Manhattan’s posh Upper West Side. With him, we meet Vietnam veterans, macrobiotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses and criminal runaways. Voeten describes their daily work, problems and pleasures with humor and compassion. He also witnessed the end of tunnel life. The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing. Some succeeded in starting again above ground, while others failed. In this updated version of the book, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left the tunnels.

“Teun Voeten has found yet another frontier in the great American experiment – the one underground, in the tunnels of Manhattan – and delivered it to us in an utterly charming and fascinating account. Part anthropologist and part journalist, Voeten dwells in a unknown world that most of us simply pass by in a hurry. To fully know America, one most follow Voeten into her depths. There is much there to admire and, yes, to learn from.” –Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of “The Perfect Storm” and “War”

“This book is so brilliant because it’s written from the perspective of an insider, from someone who actually lived in the tunnel they are writing about, someone who actually spent time in the darkness, scavenged for food out of the garbage and literally slipped between the cracks in the pavement and into a place of true invisibility. Voeten is not someone who just poked his head in and squeaked, “hello?” into the darkness.” –Marc Singer, maker of the award winning tunnel documentary “Dark Days”

Teun Voeten is a writer and photographer currently based in Brussels. His writing and photography has been published in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, NY Times Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Granta, Details, Village Voice, and many others. He has reported from conflict zones all over the world, and lectured extensively on his experiences.

The Half King Bar & Restaurant
505 West 23rd Street

New York, NY

Tel.: 212-462-4300

www.thehalfking.com

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Book tour by Teun Voeten for English translation of "Tunnel People" – various cities USA

September 7th, 2010 by

September 7-25, 2010

Dutch photo journalist Teun Voeten will tour various cities in the United States to launch the English translation of “Tunnel People” (Tunnelmensen).

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 7 PM.
Official Book Launch at the Carlton Arms Hotel

Carlton Arms, 160 East 25th Street, New York City.

Info: 212-679-0680

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. 7.30 PM.
Reading at the Brecht Forum

451 West Street, Meat Market District, New York City.

Info: 212-242-4201

Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 6 PM.
Official Opening of the Photo Exhibition at Umbrage Gallery

The exhibit will be opened by Stephanie Cowles, Associate Director at Project Renewal.

111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Info: 212-796-2707

Friday, September 17th, 2010, 7 PM.
Reading at Bluestockings Bookstore and Activist Center

172 Allen Street, Lower East Side, New York City.

Info: 212-777-6028

Saturday, September 18th, 2010, 7 PM
Reading at the Wooden Shoe

Wooden Shoe Bookstore, 704 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Info: 215-413-0999

Sunday, September 19th, 2010, 4 PM.
Reading at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse

800 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD.

Info: 410-230-0450

Monday, September 20th, 2010, 3 PM.
Reading at the Fall for the Book Festival

English Department, George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA (near DC).

Johnson Center, Room 116

Info: 703-993-3986

Monday, September 20th, 2010, 7 PM.
Presentation and Reading at La Casa

La Casa Community Center

3166 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, Washington DC

Sponsored by Positive Force DC, We Are Family
and Dream City Collective
Info: wearefamilydc@aol.com

Saturday, September 25th, 2010, 3 PM
Readings and discussion in conjunction with the DUMBO Arts Festival at Umbrage Gallery

Hosted by Jamie Wellford, Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek.

111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Info: 212-796-2707

About “Tunnel People”
By the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan. A small group of them went underground. Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel systems of the city. Acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld. For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept and worked in a tunnel underneath Manhattan’s posh Upper West Side. With him, we meet Vietnam veterans, macrobiotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses and criminal runaways. Voeten describes their daily work, problems and pleasures with humor and compassion. He also witnessed the end of tunnel life. The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing. Some succeeded in starting again above ground, while others failed. In this updated version of the book, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left the tunnels.
Tunnel People became an instant classic in the Netherlands when it came out in 1996. It was praised as an anthropological journalistic insiders account, that in a brutally honest way describes in sometimes graphic details the ins and outs of homeless life in the mid-nineties in New York.

Details
English translation published August , 2010 at PM Press, Oakland, CA

Price: $24.95,

Pages: 320, includes one map and one 16-page b&w photo insert

ISBN: 978-1-60486-070-2

Originally published 1996 by Atlas Publishers, Amsterdam.
Pages: 304 pages, including 32 photos

ISBN: 90 254 0866 4

About the author
Teun Voeten is an award-winning photo journalist and author who covered the conflicts in Ex-Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sudan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Columbia, Gaza, Liberia, Lebanon and Iraq. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. He also works for the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations. Earlier, Voeten published “A Ticket To,” a collection of his hard-hitting war photography, and “How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone,” a book about the war in this West-African country where Voeten found himself hunted down by rebels intent on killing him.

www.tunnelpeople.net

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