The Battle of St. Schuman

PhotographerAndrea RICCI
Prize3rd Place in Event / Social Cause
City/CountryBrussels, Belgium
Photo Date2015
Technical InfoiPhone
Entry Description

On 7 September 2015, thousands of European farmers meet in Brussels calling for remunerative prices A 4,800 people on foot and 385 tractors procession arrives in front of the European institutions, according to the spokesman of the Brussels police. Quickly clashes erupt between activists and police. The police charges and uses tear gas against farmers grouped on the Schuman roundabout. These aim at agents with all sorts of projectiles, including paving stones torn from the ground and bottles. Water cannons are used in an attempt to disperse the protesters and extinguish flames. Epic scenes unfold in the heart of the European institutions. It feels like being in Euromaidan. The spectacular clashes, black smoke, and the organised ranges of militants and police, generate the impression that a modern Battle of San Romano (Paolo Uccello 1438) has materialised at the core of the EU institutions.

About Photographer

Andrea RICCI is Italian, but lives and works in Brussels. Former contributor to La Repubblica; has 20 years of experience in crisis management, security and risk analysis. A graduate in Political Science, he's got a Master in European Studies and a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences. A participant observer (with a photojournalistic eye), when working in a crisis context, Andrea has a researcher approach to photography with a keen interest in documentary and conceptual photography. His current photographic projects focus on countries in crisis, symbolic urban locations, the expression of popular religiosity and the notion of aesthetic order. In 2015  he's been one of the 20 finalists for the DANDAD Next Photographer Award 2015, got a “Honorable Mention” in the International Photography Awards (IPA) 2015 Awards and got a Bronze award in the International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY). In 2016 got two "Honorable Mention" in the MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards).