Art Alert: Ahmed Hayman’s stories on Syrian women shared in unique photo exhibit and book

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Apr 2018

The exhibition will take place at Beit El-Sura

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'The Dream is Still Alive' exhibition by Ahmed Hayman (Photo: part of promotional material)

An exhibition titled 'The Dream is Stil Alive' by award-winning Egyptian photojournalist Ahmed Hayman showcases a new collection of photos from Syria as it opens on 21 April at Beit El-Sura.

Hayman’s latest project focuses on Syrian women living in the Zaatary refugee camp and Irbid area in Jordan.

His work is known for capturing personality and spirit through portraits. Iin this exhibition the display of photos in human-scale light boxes promises to have a powerful impact on viewers, who “can actually get to meet those beautiful women and their dreams,” as the description on Facebook reads.

“Every photograph speaks up for their dreams, pain and hope,’ Hayman says.

The opening day will also feature a book-signing for Hayman’s photo book titled ‘The Dream is Still Alive’ with stories by the Syrian women. 

This project is in collaboration with Arab Women Organization, UN WOMEN and Japan. 

Ahmed Hayman was a photojournalist for 8 years at AlMasry Al-Youm Newspaper. He then recieved his Visual story telling diploma from the Danish school of media and journalism in 2011, after which he traveled to 23 countries around the world to document and share his experiences.

He is the founder of Beit El-Sura, a photography hub, studio and exhibition space in Maadi operating since 2016.

Throughout his career he has won 8 awards, including the First Prize for a Photo Story from Egypt’s Press Photo Awards in 2011, and an honorable mention in 2012; Gold prize for a Domestic Picture Story from College Photographer of the Year competition in 2011; Bronze prize for Spot News from Jordan's Ninth International Photography festival in 2011. 

The exhibition will open on 21 April and run till 28 April
Beit El-Sura, building 30, street 15, Maadi, Cairo

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