Linda Bournane Engelberth was awarded first place in Norway’s Picture of the Year portrait category for her photo of Hawa Zr.
Feminists in Algeria are a small, marginalized group, but after the large political demonstrations in Algiers in 2019, several people have chosen to stand up and fight for women’s rights. One of them is 24-year-old Hawa, a comedian, musician and student.
“As a woman, I have to fight for my rights. I am an activist and a feminist. All we are asking for is change. The new generation is bringing something new. In Algeria, women are viewed differently than men. We are not considered important. Hopefully, in 5 to10 years, the situation will have changed, and we will have more women than men in Algeria. In our time women are starting to do things they did not do before, like going to cafes with men. The religion and the tradition after the family code are making things difficult for women.”
View more from the story “Algeria” here.
Her Take, an exhibition by the female photographers of VII, will be on view at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland, from February 2 through April 5, 2020.
In Her Take, Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry share their visual reflections on contemporary masculinity and its media and artistic representations. Documentary or conceptual, their projects explore and rethink the images and archetypes generally associated with the masculine. The exhibition grows from the authors’ participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power, and representation.
Join Sara Terry at the opening of Her Take on February 1, and for an artist talk and portfolio reviews on February 2.
VII Member Linda Bournane Engelberth and VII Mentor Program photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard are included in the Norwegian Documentary Photography exhibition.
The exhibition, on view at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter from August 23, 2019, through January 12, 2020, presents the works of 35 photographers with projects spanning the last decade.
All projects presented in the exhibition are the result of dedicated photographic research over time, made possible through support from the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP). VII Emeritus Member Espen Rasmussen is one of the mentors and editors at the NJP.
Algiers, Algeria, 2019. The main street of Algiers center is crowded with people; it is Friday, the day Algerians have gathered to protest since February 12. Flags are waving in the wind; there are nearly as many police as protesters. The policemen are standing ready with shields, teargas and batons. Suddenly, the march begins and people are running to the main street from all directions. All groups are represented, ranging from feminists to Islamists, women and men, children and grandparents. They all have one thing in common; the desire for change, and a new government. Read more here.