Magnum Foundation (MF), The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and the Prince Claus Fund are excited to announce the newest group of grantees for the Arab Documentary Photography Program.
Nine grantees were chosen amongst a group of 100 applicants from 17 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
"Once again, we were pleased to see a wide variety of approaches to be explored within the genre of Documentary Photography," said the jurors in their statement. "There was a great diversity in the topics addressed as well. The spectrum of themes moves from the extremely personal such as in Beyond Sacrifice which explores the lives of celibate women in Lebanon, to wider issues such as Infertile Crescent which will document the ecological effects of the controversial Red - Dead Sea pipeline."
The selected photographers will receive a production grant and benefit from two intensive workshops – to be held in Beirut - as well as a 6-month mentorship program to oversee the development of their individual project. See the full press release here.
Projects from the 2015 cycle of ADPP are now live at www.arabdocphotography.org.
After the Egyptian revolution, the hope from freedom of expression lingers until a series of arrests begins. People are arrested leaving behind families, wives and lovers who become critically affected by the loss of their beloveds.
Post-revolutionary Social Change in Egypt, Egypt
For many youths in Egypt, free expression is not only repressed in the political sphere but also within their own local communities. Family, acquaintances, religious leaders and employers, launch public smear campaigns against those who do not follow social norms. Many find themselves ostracized, subject to harassment and in danger of losing their jobs as a result.
Dalieh; On the Edge, Lebanon
This project is about a place called "Dalieh of Raouche", a place on the edge of disappearing. But more importantly, it is about people who think Dalieh is their last and only escape. How do they engage in this public space and what will its future look like?
Hide and Seek, Egypt
This photo-documentary follows two young boys as they lose their awareness of the nature and significance of a graveyard. Full of many secret places to hide, amid graves and tombs, they see the place develop as their natural playground. Juxtaposed with insights from the Pharaonic perspective on afterlife, the project attempts to question the inseparable yet subtle relationship between life and death.
Infertile Crescent, Jordan
The project describes the reality of what was once called the cradle of civilization. In a region that is no longer "fertile", the crescent is burning in turmoil. This project endeavors to explore the 180 km route of the controversial Dead-Red Sea salvation pipeline that is to supply Jordan with much needed water, by tracing the places it will cross.
El Houma, Algeria
El Houma is a district or neighborhood with a specificity that stems from its French colonial history but transcends it. The project aims to photograph Algerians in their traditional environment in their Houma, exploring their characters, habits, stereotypes and how modernity is influencing such specificities.
Bribes de Vie, Morocco
A photographical project about a deserted mine in the eastern-most part of Morocco. The so-called “Black Faces” inhabiting this part of the country came from all over Morocco. Many found themselves jobless after the place closed in 2000. The project tells the stories of those that have no choice but to seriously risk their lives to earn more.
Who Said White Is Better?, Sudan
Skin bleaching is the most peculiar social phenomena in Sudan of the last 25 years. The project aims is to document the life of 20-30 years old females in Khartoum in their personal struggles around stories of skin bleaching.
Beyond Sacrifice, Lebanon
The project represents a daring portrayal of often forgotten Lebanese women who live lives of celibacy, mostly dedicating their time to helping others. Their life is one long dreary monotonous chapter. These women give up their youth, hopes and happiness, to some sense of duty, and when those for whom they sacrifice everything die, they are left utterly alone.