Samer Mohdad One of 400 Expelled Palestinians after His Return Home, Deir El-Balah Camp, Gaza, Palestine
Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1995 Print Date 1995
Dimensions 11-3/8 x 7-1/2 in. (289 x 191 mm)
Photo Country Palestine
Photographer Country Lebanon
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
From Mohdad's "My Arabias /Mes Arabies" series. Signed, dated and titled on verso. Size refers to paper size; images are slightly smaller. Born in 1964, Samer Mohdad holds dual Lebanese and Belgium citizenships. In 1988, Mohdad worked in Paris for Vu agency. In 1990 the Elysée Museum in Lausanne commissioned a series of photographs on the Swiss army during the country's 700th birthday for a book and exhibition entitled "Voir la Suisse autrement". He then began his work on the contemporary Arab world. From 1992 to 1996 he was in charge of the relations with the Arab world at the Elysee Museum in Lausanne. After the publication of his book "Les enfants, la guerre", followed by an exhibition at Visa pour l'Image in Pérpignan and at the Elysée Museum, he began taking photographs of the 387 Palestinians expelled from Israel to Lebanon's no man's land. Those photos were published in a book under the title Retour à Gaza. "Du", a magazine published in Zurich, asked him to do a special double feature on Islam, followed a year later by another feature on Iran. In 1996 he was a jury member at the World Press Photo conference in Amsterdam, and the same year he created the Arab Images Foundation in Beirut. From 1997 to 1999 he was curator of exhibitions and workshop master at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. In 1999, he won the Mother Jones Award for his book "Mes Arabies" published by Actes Sud in France, Braus in Germany and Dar An-Nahar in the Arab countries. The exhibition Mes Arabies was launched in Geneva, after it had been shown at the Beiteddine Palace and Espace SD in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2000, the show moved to the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, then it was shown in Arles during the Rencontres internationales de la Photographie and finished its tour that same year at the King Abdulaziz Pubic Library in Riyadh. He was conference master for "Arab photographs and their place in contemporary history" at Aix-En-Provence University. In 2001 the Mes Arabies exhibition made a tour in Germany at the IFA galleries in Stuttgart, Bonn and Berlin. In 2003 Mohdad published a double issue of Du magazine in Zurich "Saudi Arabia in the Eye of the Hurricane". In 2004 GEO magazine commissioned him to create a special dossier about Lebanon. In 2005 he produced and published in co-edition with Actes-Sud the book "Assaoudia", the second part to his Arab trilogy, accompanied by an exhibition at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. The same year he created the project "Mes Ententes", which was part of the AFKAR program sponsored by the European Commission and executed by the Office of Minister of State Administrative Reform (OMSAR). The project was a field analysis of the situation of the return of displaced families to Mount Lebanon. As a part of the project, he produced a seven-minute film and a book. In 2006 he worked on a special history issue of GEO Magazine in France about the roads of crusaders in Lebanon and began teaching photography at Notre Dame University in Lebanon and the Visual Merchandising School in Vevey, Switzerland.
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