Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin

The Silk Road, connecting East Asia and the West ever since, was once a renowned trade route where goods but also religions and cultures have been in exchange. Today the route is mainly shut down, degenerated and used for drug trafficking. For more than 20 years, Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong have followed the traces of heroin that lead from Afghanistan over Central Asia, Russia and the Balkan Peninsula to East Africa, Dubai and West Europe. Brutal gang wars, deadly addiction, illegal money laundering, ruthless corruption as well as sex for sale combined with an HIV epidemic – the multimedia project „Poppy“ portrays these dark sides of globalization that are also reflected in the faces of dealers, prisoners, prostitutes, addicts, border guards and police men.


„Poppy“ illustrates how chaos, power and obscurity reign on the trade route of heroin. The recipient emerges into a complex parallel universe in which various events and developments are interwoven. The observer thus has to constantly reposition themselves and is drawn into a flood of imagery and information that is at the same time fascinating and alarming. In accordance with the complexity of the topic, Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong create an adequate aesthetic, experiment with non-linear forms of storytelling and allow the medium of photography to become one with other more dynamic techniques such as video and multi-screen projections.


Artists: Robert Knoth und Antoinette de Jong

Opening: Friday, 30 th June 2017 at 9 pm

Location: Projektraum Fotografie

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