The story behind the artwork
On assignment – Marijuana field. One of the complicated areas of the Colombian peace process is the shift from illegal to legal crops. In these mountains farmers like Jesus Antonio have grown coca (for cocaine) and marijuana for decades. He tried other corps repeatedly but it always failed: either from plague, lack of infrastructure or a market price far too low to survive on. And I believe him – even with 1000 marijuana plants, even more coca, Jesus and his family live in deep poverty.
From the beginning the 1960s, the Colombian Civil War has been one of the longest, and bloodiest conflicts in recent history.
Since fighting between government forces, guerrilla rebels and paramilitary groups first started, over 200,000 people have been killed: according to Colombia’s National Centre for Historical Memory, civilian deaths make up most of that number.
More than five million people have been forced from their home between 1985 and 2012, making Colombia responsible for the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons.
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Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer. Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, as well as receiving 15 awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, including twice both Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year. He has published two books, Amazonas in 2013 by Gyldendal and De Faldne (The Fallen) in 2010 by People’s Press, about the Danish killed in the war in Afghanistan. (Read more…).