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| Foreign Projects |

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 | Ancient Rhythm |  © 2014   Papua New Guinea

- Winner 1st place International Color Awards 2014  

- Bronze winner Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015

- Winner 2nd place MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards 2015

- Honorable Mention IPA 2015

- Exhibition at WM Gallery Amsterdam

- LifeFramer 3rd place '6 Continents'

 

  

 | PNG's Mudmen | © 2014  Papua New Guinea

- Gold winner Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015

- Winner 2nd place IPA - International Photography Awards 2015

- Honorable Mention MIFA 2015

- Exhibition at WM Gallery Amsterdam


 


| Torn | © 2015 Namibia

- Silver Winner Px3 - Prix de la Photographie 2015

- Winner 2nd place IPA International Photography Awards 2015

- Winner 2nd place MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards 2015

"IPA Best of Show Exhibition"  New York -  Lucie week

- Honorable Mention Interational Color Awards 2015

- Publisehd on LensCulture

 

| Serenity| © 2011 Jordan

- Winner 1st place IPA International Photography Awards 2016

- Silver and Bronze winner Px3 - Prix de la Photographie 2016

- Finalist Kuala Lumpur Portrait Awards 2017

 


| Miscellaneous | © 2010 - 2016

 

 

| Latest work |

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 | My Stealthy Freedom Iran | Iran © 2017 

- LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017, Winner Juror's Pick
- Shortlisted Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017

Article in The Guardian | UK
- Article in Il Post | IT
Article in Israel Times |IL
Article in La Stampa | IT
• and others, for extended list of publications, go to awards and publications

This project reflects on forced hijab in Iran, a literal and metaphorical boundary imposed upon Iranian women. Many Iranian women hate compulsory hijab, they see it as a symbol of oppression, forced upon them not by choice or personal beliefs but by an oppressive regime. For them it has become to represent the inequality and discrimination Iranian women face because of their gender. 

Every day, Iranians, especially the women, defy the regime courageously by small acts of defiance. By wearing the hijab too low, the colors too bright, the pants too tight or the manteau too short. Together these constant acts of bravery are affecting change, slowly but visibly evolving. The regime responds to this with regular crack-downs - when women are arrested and harassed - and by creating new laws, like the ban for women to ride a bicycle.

With the windows of my Tehran apartment covered with tinfoil to ensure that the flash would not be visible from outside, we were safe to create and let creativity flow. The women threw their brightly colored headscarf in the air and as it inescapably floated back to them, I captured their act of defiance. 

 

  | Silent Voices - L(G)BT Iran | Iran © 2017 

- 1st place winner Zilveren Camera 2017 'Documentair Internationaal'

This series reflects on the vulnerable and dangerous circumstances of lesbian women in Iran and is the result of brave LGBT+ women willing to work with me to raise awareness despite the risk for their personal safety. The courage of these strong women is truly inspirational. 

The situation of lesbian rights in Iran is particularly complex, since Iranian lesbians face double discrimination - first as women and then as lesbians. Many girls are desperately fighting to escape forced marriage (since under Sharia law, they are required to have a male guardian to be able to study, get a job, rent apartments, be operated on in hospitals etc.) or are trying to survive the wifely obligations expected of her, having no choice but to put up with constant marital rape (which is not a crime in Iran).

Even though mosaheqeh, or the rubbing of female genitalia between two or more women, is punishable under Iranian law by flogging of 100 lashes and can lead to imprisonment, abuse and even torture, the lesbian women I’ve met in Iran shared with me that they are more afraid of their families than of the government. This fact is also reflected in the report of OutRight International. The constant fear of being disowned, rejected and/or assaulted by their families often leads to depression, drug abuse and suicide attempts.

The fact that many Iranian lesbians “go underground” and lead secret lives out of fear, has given rise to a common misperception that Iranian lesbians are few in number, or they are not discriminated against and do not face serious challenges and risks, including to their health and well-being. Because of these misconceptions, lesbian women in Iran are not receiving the (international) support their situation deserves.


 | Ancient Rhythm II | © 2015

 World Indigenous Games 2015, Palmas, Brazil

- Silver winner MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2017

- Winner 2nd place IPA International Photography Awards 2016

- Honorable Mention Px3 - Prix de la Photographie 2016

- Honorable Mention TIFA Tokyo Awards 2016


 | Under the Same Sun | © 2016

- IPA Photographer of the Year 2016 - Lucie Award
- IPA 'People Photographer of the Year' 2016
- Winner 1st place IPA 2016 - People
- Winner 2nd place IPA 2016 - Political
- Silver winner Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016
- Featured at Px3 exhibition 2016 in Paris
- Color Awards 'Photographer of the Year' 2nd place
- Winner first place International Color Awards
- Silver and Bronze winner TIFA Tokyo 2016
- Silver winner ND Awards 2016
- Gold winner MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2017
- Winner 3rd place Kuala Lumpur Portrait Awards 2017
- Shortlisted Alfred Fried Photography Award 2017
- Editors'Pick on LensCulture
- Instagram takeover Fotografiska, Swedish Museum of Photography
- German news program Tagesschau, feature on albinism in Africa
United Nations Human Rights, Geneva