Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, CL; Festival de las artes, San Jose, CR; CNA, Dudelange, LUX



Documentation, Exhibitions/Audio-visual installations
Project Managment, Technical compilation, Technical Production, Visual Documentation

Why do people migrate? Where to and for what reasons? What is the fate of the different indigenous populations in the Americas? In Via PanAm, Kadir van Lohuizen investigates the roots of migration in the Americas, a phenomenon which is as old as humanity but is increasingly portrayed as a new threat to the Western world. Via PanAm follows Van Lohuizen’s footsteps from the very south of Chile to the very north of Alaska.

Travelling almost 40,000 km along the Pan-American Highway and crossing through 15 countries, Van Lohuizen visualized the stories of the communities, regions and societies he encountered. His work reflects a diverse range of migration experiences both historic and contemporary. The photo stories reflect the complexity of migration – the diverse motivations for coming and going, the struggles and successes, the economic, political, social and environmental contexts, as well as the intimate moments and personal stories – some touching upon current issues, some on topics long forgotten but not resolved. The Via PanAm exhibition is a combination of an audio-visual installation and a series of large prints plus iPads showing the app. Together they form a spatial environment in which multimedia photostories and road videos immerse the audience in the surroundings and stories of the project.

The exhibition launched in Chile in January 2013, and will travelled to several venues in Europe and (Latin) America afterwards.



Photography, video, audio: Kadir van Lohuizen

Concept, design and projection: Jeroen de Vries (photographyworks.nl)

Curated by: Jeroen de Vries, Bas Vroege, Laura Verduijn

Editing AV installation: Frank Ortmanns (VEX) and Iztok Klančar (Easetock)(Assistance)

Executive production: Bas Vroege (Paradox)

Production: Laura Verduijn (Paradox)

Sound design AV installatie: Mark Glynne (Anthill Sound Design)

Text editing: Jeroen de Vries, Laura Verduijn

Translation: Gerardo Corredor

Printing: Eyes on Media

Installation video filming & editing: Frank Ortmanns (VEX)

The exhibition Via PanAm – The Pursuit of Happiness was made possible with support from: Mondriaan Fund, Royal Dutch Embassy in Chile, Biblioteca Nicanor Parra.


With special thanks to: Alejandra Wood (GAM), Asmara Pelupessy, Jolien Jong, Margarita Cea, María Aurora Radich, Marjolein Frederiks, Miguel Angel Larrea, Ximena Poblete, Samuel Salgado, Teresita Raffray and to all the people portrayed in the images who allowed Kadir van Lohuizen into their lives.