Entry Title: "Indonesia: land-grabs"
Name: Alessandro , Italy
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: The term ‘land-grabbing’ is used to refer to the global phenomenon of large-scale land transactions for commercial exploitation. Indonesia is now one of the world biggest producer of oil-palm, commonly used on the global market as cooking oil, base for most liquid detergents and cosmetics but also as industrial lubricant and for biofuel.

Story: The term ‘land-grabbing’ is used to refer to the global phenomenon of large-scale land transactions for commercial exploitation. Indonesia is now one of the world biggest producer of oil-palm, commonly used on the global market as cooking oil, base for most liquid detergents and cosmetics but also as industrial lubricant and for biofuel. While the phenomenon of land-grabs is not new to the history of the country -it started to happen widely during the colonial period - the contemporary issue of land-grabs is a consequence of a modification to the national forestry law that took effect in 2001. This highly exploitative practice is creating increasing disparities within the Indonesian society, what human rights cost are we ready to sustain in the name of progress and development?

About the Artist:

Alessandro (b.1988) is a photographer specialized in reportage. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists of UK and he accomplished with merit a Master in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster of London in 2011. Immediately after he was selected for an internship at the prestigious NOOR photo-agency of Amsterdam; in 2011 and 2012 he has been Assistant Lecturer at the Design Faculty of the Polytechnic of Milano. Since 2013, Alessandro combines periods of travel (Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Somalia, South-Sudan, Turkey, Kenya, Indonesia, Zambia and Tanzania) focalizing his interest for areas of crisis and conflict with commercial works for clients such as Alitalia, Emergency, Strongbow. He lives in the countryside of Milano, few minutes away from International Airport of Malpensa. He has published with Newsweek Europe, Corriere della Sera, Der Spiegel, Monocle, Sportweek, Vanity Fair Italy, Le Figaro, Riders, La Repubblica/Espresso group, Oxford University Press, Nouvel Observateur and online with National Geographic USA News, Zeit, The Sunday Times digital, VICEnews USA, IlPost, RAInews, TGCOM24, Financial Times and L'Oeil de la Photographie, among others. 
Exhibitions 
 2015 South-Sudan - Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 group show, Gallery@LR, London (UK)
 2015 Pure life - The Italy of Tomorrow group show, Italianverein, Dormund 2015 (GER) 
2015 South-Sudan - Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 group show, Royal Geographical Society London (UK) 
2014 Land-grab Indonesia - Polytechnic of Milano, Milano Photofestival (ITA)  
2013 Radical Routes - MiCamera group screening, Milano (ITA)
 2012 A Neocolonialist Diary - Photobook Show, Brighton Photo Biennial (UK)
 2011 A Neocolonialist Diary / Habeas Corpus MAPJ 2011 - Ambika P3 Gallery, London (UK) 
2011 Radical Routes - Commonwealth Festival, Royal Commonwealth Society, Perth (AUS) 
Grants and Awards
 2015 Finalist Lucie Foundation Scholarship
 2015 Finalist Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 
2015 Grant DevReporter Network with founds by the European Union for the Reportage "From War to Life" in South-Sudan
 2015 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention 'Editorial: War / Conflict' for the project 'South-Sudan humanitarian crisis'
 2014 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention 'Deeper Perspective' for the project 'Indonesia: land-grabs' 
Talks, lectures, interviews  International Journalism Festival - Perugia (IT) - 10th April 2016 Photographic Museum of Humanity - Behind the Picture: Kabul, Afghanistan - 17th March 2016 The Citizen, India: interview on the experience of reporting from Iraq - 03rd March 2016 
Library Mario Gromo (National Cinema Museum of Turin), Turin (IT) presentation of reportage "From War to Life" - 15th December 2015
 University of Turin (IT) presentation of DevReporter project - 24th November 2015 RAI news 24 (major Italian TV broadcaster) - 10th August 2015  RAI news 24 (major Italian TV broadcaster) - 4th August 2015 Mondadori Megastore, Social Media Week Milan (IT) - March 2014 Prato (IT) research centre of the Australian Monash University - July 2012