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Mohamad Abdouni - Sasha I, Lebanon, 2019

35mm photograph
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Archival paper
42 x 29,7 cm
Edition of 3

This portrait of Lebanese trans* model Sasha Elijah falls under Abdouni’s larger body of work “We Can Tell Our Own Stories: The Queer Arab Revolution”. The artist works on several sub-series that fall under the umbrella of the this larger project that aims to document, through candid imagery as well as stylized portraits, the figures that are shaping today’s queer scene in Lebanon and the Arab world. The portrait harks back to familiar imagery of religious iconography that resonate in the collective memory of Lebanese people, something that the artist has long found inspiration in, being one of a handful of muslim boys to grow up in an all-christian catholic school. Throughout his work, he often tries to appropriate these visuals that he has always found fascinating, and at the same time somehow felt alienated from.

Mohamad Abdouni is a photographer, filmmaker and curator based between Beirut and Istanbul. He is also Editor in-Chief and Creative Director of COLD CUTS magazine, the photo journal exploring Queer Culture and the Middle East. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Institute of Islamic Culture in Paris, the Foam Gallery in Amsterdam and in festivals around Europe such as IQMF and the Leeds Queer Film Festival. He has worked with the likes of Vice UK, Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Burberry, Puma, Slate, Gucci, Fendi, Farfetch, King Kong, Marie-Claire and L’officiel, whereas his personal projects tend to focus on the untold stories of Beirut and the rising Queer culture of the city through several documentaries and photo stories that have been exhibited around the world and published in Queer publications from around the globe. Whether in still photography or moving images, Abdouni seamlessly shifts between raw aesthetics and overly romanticised visuals.

The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy will be on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.
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€390,00 Incl. tax
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