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Nine new grantees for the 2017 Arab Documentary Photography Program

12 Jul, 2017 

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture -AFACPrince Claus Fund -PCF and Magnum Foundation -MF are happy to announce the selection of the latest group of grantees for the fourth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP.  

 

The fourth call for ADPP applications opened on February 1st and closed on May 1st. We received 80 applications from 15 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.  

 

A three-membered jury was called upon to review the applications and choose the best projects to support. This year’s jurors were Fouad El Khoury, Lebanese photographer, Susan Meiselas  American documentary photographer and president of the Magnum Foundation, and Wafaa Bilal, Iraqi-born photographer.

 

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 accompany the development of their individual projects.  

 

Furthermore, ADPP will explore opportunities for engaging a wider viewership and enhancing the visibility of the selected projects within and outside the Arab region. 

 

Visit the program's website: arabdocphotography.org

 

THE JURORS SELECTION

 

The jurors of ADPP Program held a meeting in Beirut on July 2nd and selected nine projects hailing from the following countries: Egypt (2), Lebanon (2), Syria (2), Algeria (1), Morocco (1) and Sudan (1). This was their statement:  

 

“The 2017 Arab Documentary Photography Program received more than 80 proposals from socially engaged applicants who share the urge to catalyze changes through their lenses. The pool of applicants actively seeks to document some of the most urgent issues in the Arab world with their unique artistic voice.

ADPP invests in the personal journeys of these individual photographers through a program where each of them can evolve their artistic practice. We as the jury were constantly reminded in making our selection, how the program can benefit the applicants in forming their distinctive identity. Within the framework of this mentorship program that benefits a limited number of grantees, during the selection process, we tried to maintain geographic and social diversity to find voices in both male and female photographers. The topics chosen by the artists were thought provoking for us; in return we were aware of their individual experiences and background and thus very conscious about why their artistic concepts were chosen. After long and open discussions, the three jurors, who had different perspectives in photography, agreed on 9 finalists with 2 alternatives who share a good balance between the relevance and the quality of their proposed projects, and show great personal potential.”

 

THE ADPP 2017 GRANTEES

 

Marabout  by Btihal Remli (Morocco) 
Tabula Rasa by Tarek Al Haddad (Lebanon) 
Nubian People by Mohamed Altoum (Sudan) 
Persistent Aftermath by Rawan Mazeh (Lebanon) 
Live With It by Sima Ajlyakin (Syria) 
The Suffering of Wadi El Qamar by Mohamed Mahdy (Egypt) 
The Way to Hell by Hesham Elsherif (Egypt) 
The Circus of Life by Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria) 
Normal Abnormal by Abd Doumany (Syria)


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