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Vestiges by Josef Koudelka
An unprecedented exploration of ancient Greek and Roman sites
Josef Koudelka

Since 1991, Josef Koudelka has embarked on a long and patient journey leading him through all twenty countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and more than two hundred Greek and Roman archeological sites. This exploration is without precedent. No one before him has ever attempted to portray the vestiges of History through photography quite as extensively and with such persistence. In the nineteenth century, Romantic painters had a predilection for ruins. Their paintings glorified this melancholy atmosphere. Koudelka also creates images of ruins. However, he is not a Romantic and does not need melancholy to inspire his art. These relics are not the poignant remains of things that die. They are signs of a situation that art seeks to recreate in the present. (…). Extract from an introduction by Bernard Latarjet

Was born in Czechoslovakia in 1938. His first photographs were taken while he was working as an aeronautical engineer. He followed Czechoslovakian Gypsies until 1970 and photographed theatrical performances. He became a full-time photographer in 1967. In August 1968, he took photographs of Warsaw Pact troops invading the streets of the Czechoslovakian capital and putting an end to the Prague Spring. Initially anonymous, his images were published around the world. They earned him the Robert Capa Prize. In 1974, he became a member of Magnum Photos. In 1975, an important exhibition of his work took place at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Ever since, his works have been shown in numerous exhibitions around the world including the Hayward Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to name a few. His most important publications are Gypsies (1975- 2011), Exiles (1988-2015), Chaos (2000), Invasion Prague 68 (2008), Lime (2012) and Wall (2013).

Syria’s Lost Generation
Ed Kashi

As refugees stream across Syria’s borders, we are seeing the loss of another middle class Arab population and the destabilization of another Arab, Muslim country. The youth population within this new refugee group is comprised of more than half of those four million displaced souls. What will happen to Syria’s next generation? What happens when the whole fabric of a society is blown apart, frayed not only at its edges but threatened at its very heart?
The plight of Syria’s youngest in the midst of that civil war is often overlooked, when not hidden in plain sight. At least 50,000 of the nearly 500,000 estimated deaths since 2011 are thought to be children — dead too soon but, at least, spared some of the hardships now plaguing more than 2 million Syrian youth living beyond their native borders: hunger; disease; little to no education; flashbacks or nightmares sparked by the sights and sounds of warfare; depression. As the unimaginably brutal conflict ends its fourth year, we are witnessing one of the greatest human rights tragedies of this or any century. My work has attempted to highlight the emotional toll the war is taking on the youngest of those driven from their own country. What will these kids grow up to be? We need to care about this if we want to stop the cycle, and if we want to have any impact on the cycle. The world, and specifically the Middle East, is witnessing the reformation of it’s artificially made borders nearly 100 years after they were created. And it’s youngest will pay the heaviest price.

Is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community. Kashi’s innovative approach to photography and filmmaking has produced a number of influential short films and earned recognition by the POYi Awards as 2015’s Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s full embrace of technology has led to creative social media projects for a range of clients including National Geographic, The New Yorker, and MSNBC. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to revolutionary Instagram coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine in 2012, Kashi continues to create compelling imagery and engage with the world in new ways. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, and other prestigious institutions, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has seven books, including Photojournalisms, Aging in America, and THREE.

Menya’s Kids
Myriam Abdelaziz

When most Egyptians think of child labor, the image that comes to mind is of a young, dirty-faced mechanic’s apprentice lying under a car to help his mentor. Although the picture may be heartbreaking, those kids could be considered among the luckier child workers compared to the majority of children who work under extreme and dangerous conditions. The working conditions of child labor in the quarries of Menya are much harder and dangerous, as the children working there have to handle primitive and very dangerous stone cutting machinery. The hazards caused by the blades and defective electric connections occur daily and often lead to death while the dust they inhale develop severe respiratory and pulmonary diseases.

A French photographer of Egyptian origins and born in Cairo. Myriam’s work tells stories of its participants. Her inquiry into the stories of people takes her around the globe searching for stories that overcome physical and cultural barriers and often reveal what we have in common. Her work was published in prestigious International magazines, as well as featured in various solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Member of “RAWIYA” since 2011

Picture an Arab Man
Tamara Abdul Hadi

Started in 2009, this portrait series is part of a large body of work capturing semi-nude Arab men of diverse backgrounds. The conceptual aim of this portrait series is two-fold: Trying to uncover and break the stereotypes placed upon the arab male, and providing an alternative visual representation of that identity. Secondly, it is a celebration of their sensual beauty, an unexplored aspect of the identity of the contemporary Arab man, on the cusp of change in a society that reveres an out-dated form of hyper-masculinity.

Was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine arts she moved to Dubai, UAE and began her photography career, working at Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist and photo editor in 2005, before going on to work for the New York Times. A founding member of "Rawiya".

I Read I Write
Laura Boushnak

The project documents stories of women in various Arab countries, who are turning into education as a first step to improve their lives. The series focuses on a particular issue surrounding literacy in each of the countries visited, to highlight similarities and, and most importantly, the differences between them owing to economical and social factors. These issues include female illiteracy, which is quite high in the region; educational reforms; programs for dropout students; and political activism among university students.

A Kuwaiti-born Palestinian photographer, whose work focuses on women, literacy and education reform in the Arab world. After completing a BA in sociology at the Lebanese University, Boushnak began her photography career covering news for the Associated Press in Lebanon. She later worked as a photo editor and photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) at its Middle East hub in Cyprus and its headquarters in Paris. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, The National Geographic, Le Monde and many more. Since 2008 Laura has been working as an independent photographer. A founding member of "Rawiya".

Occupied Pleasures
Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa offers us a different narrative on Palestine, a portrait of the life that doesn’t often make it in news reports. The capacity to preserve a sense of playfulness and fun despite tremendous obstacles speaks to the Palestinian's strength and is essential to their survival in the face of endless occupation. Her photographs help break with preconceived stereotypes about Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and become a testimony to their resilience.

Was born in Jordan and educated in Texas, her photographs focus on gender, social and human rights issues in the Middle East and she approaches her subjects with sensitivity, but also with an eye for the absurd.

SAYEDA, Women in Egypt
Amelie Losier

SAYEDA is photography work about egyptian women: by flying several times to Egypt, Amélie Losier made portraits of egyptian women combined with interviews and reportage. A lot of people in Egypt are fighting against the violation of human rights and especially women's rights. In her work, Losier approachs egyptian women from different social environments, whose position in the society is depending on religion, education, age and their socioeconomic situation, in light of the question: what does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? In 2014 and 2015 she received the support of the german foundation VG Bild-Kunst, the scholarship Grenzgänger from the Literarisches Colloqium Berlin and the Robert Bosch Foundation, as well as the support of Goethe Institute Cairo.

Studied documentary photography with Arno Fischer in Berlin. Street photography, portrait-reportages and multimedia storytelling are her main focus. She is most interested in photographing people in their self-contained world. Amélie Losier is now living and working as a freelance photojournalist for the press and culture institutions and develops her own projects from Berlin.

Nabil Boutros

Do words shed light on the world around us or do they confine it? What about the words that stand for values? Do they act as guides for us through life or are they tools of power? On which side do we stand? In front of, or beyond words? And pictures – do they reveal what they are showing us or do they hide what we cannot see? These thoughts inspired me to make these pictures from my Egyptian archive. In front of them, I placed a grid, made up of Arabic words and written in the orthogonal Kufic script. Each of the different grids is composed of a repetition of two words, forming an antagonist couple: al-Donia / al-Âkhera (the World / the Other World), al-Ferdaws / al-Jahîm (the Highest Paradise / the Pit), al-Halâl / al-Harâm (the Allowed / the Forbidden), al-Jannah / al-Nâr (the Heaven / the Hellfire), al-Naïm / al-Azâb (the Bliss / the Suffering), Rawda / Juhannam (Garden [of Eden] / Gehenna), al-Samâwât / al-Ardh (the Skies / the Earth). These words are loaded with promises and threats. In the Middle East where religious interpretations are dominant, they act as keys to the understanding of everyday life. Words – in the shape of grids, mazes, or wooden lattices – hamper the vision of images making them resist to a quick reading.

Born in Cairo, Nabil Boutros lives and works between Cairo and Paris. His work is at the intersection of various disciplines: painting, scenography, and installation. Since 1986, photography has been his favoured medium of expression.

In Vitro
Ivana Panizzi

Bottles have always fascinated me. Beyond their multiple uses, they are constantly present in our good or bad moments, in the big celebrations, on special occasions. By replacing the liquid with photos and since 2000 my idea has been presented around the world with different approaches and insulations. This exhibition shows the conceptual idea of the human effect on water and nature, presented with nature images inside the empty bottle with huge tower bottle installations.

Born in Poços de Caldas, Brazil. She graduated on Plastic Arts at the "Instituto Superior de Arte" in Havana, Cuba, where she also studied Cinema and Television. Her work is characterized by researching and recycling of non-conventional materials, either on her paintings or on her objects and installations.

Still alive | Mectoub
Scarlett Coten

Still alive is a joyful desert. A plunge into the little known Egypt of the Bedouins. From spring 2000 to the summer of 2002, Scarlett Coten shared the day-to-day life of the men and women who live in the Sinai desert, between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez, from Rafah to the shores of the Red Sea. Coten photographed those around her, those who invited her, who asked her to, all those who posed. At every meeting, she was greeted by the words : still alive ! These photographs are the illustration of the humor, enthusiasm and modernity of a little-known people. Forgotten, destitute, but alive.

In 2012 Scarlett Coten decided to photograph men. This new series is an intimate journey who took her from North Africa to the Middle East in order to look into male identity. She set off to further her travels into countries which had long since been close to her heart, Morocco, Egypt and beyond : Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon and finally Jordan. She walked through the cities from streets to alleyways, cafés to backyards, searching. Hidden places, abandoned houses, forgotten shorelines are the places where men will come, at her invitation, for a photographic tête-à-tête. She wants to photograph them in all their complexity, fragility, sensuality and freedom.

An independent French female photographer who dedicates herself essentially to personal, long term projects. The Arab countries are at the heart of her photographic practice, which explores the themes of identity and intimacy. Coten's work is represented by East Wing Gallery (Doha/Dubai), and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle). After studying at L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France, Coten traveled to Egypt in 2000 to realize her first important series, Still alive, spending months through the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. This series, produced over three years, was published by Actes sud in 2009. Coten was awarded the Humanity Photo Award in 2004 in Beijing, China, and nominated at the NYPH Festival in 2009 for her book.
Since 2012, Scarlett Coten has been engaged in the ongoing project, Mectoub, photographing men in the Arab countries of the Mediterranean basin, travelling from North Africa to the Middle East. In Mectoub the camera itself has a gender and the feminine gaze holds a position of power, challenging the viewer to question traditional ideas of the overly predominant male gaze in the history of art.

Lahza 2

By Zakira Association Lebanon, supervised by Ramzi Haidar. “Lahza 2” which lasted for almost a year, provided 500 Syrian refugee children, aged 7 to 12, with basic information about cameras and basic training in photography before leaving them with their five hundred cameras to record their daily lives and explore their abilities and talents. A book entitled “Lahza 2”, was published. This book contains a collection of the best photos taken by the Syrian refugee children.


A project that puts together three Brazilian photographers: Laís Podestá, Guilherme Luzzim and Ricardo Abreu, who aspire to present their work in open spaces like streets and squares. The idea is to offer the audience a relation between the images and the landscape of the beautiful city of Amman and also the relation between the local people and the images

Brazilian Group

Communication between photographers: The future of the image
Curator - Renato Negrão
Poetic way of seeing cities
Paola Geoffroy, Gustavo Taouil, Gabriela de Barros,
Luiz Maldonennet, Anderson Coimbra
Problems of big cities
Manu Mesquita, Vanessa Dutra, Ro-drigo Marrano
Recalling memories
Tiago Dotta, Adriana Queiroz, Giancar- lo Ceccon
Social problems
Isabel Gonçalez