Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award 2022
For the second year of jurying this annual grant award in 2022, the jury was Sueraya Shaheen (photographer and editor); and Kristine Khouri (independent researcher) and Sheikha Shaikha Al-Thani (Qatar Photographic Society), along with Tasweer’s Artistic Director Charlotte Cotton, Director Khalifa Ahmad Al Obaidly and Senior Curator Maryam Hassan Al-Thani. They reviewed applicants’ proposals and held meetings in January 2022 before selecting the awardees.
“ Fatema bint Ahmad’s Al-Doh’s photographic essay invites us into the rituals and environments of the Kalashi community in Pakistan. Her photographs are compassionate and beautiful – mesmerizing and articulate – and quite incredible in the way that they draw us into close encounters with a secret place and ancient tribe. ”
“ Fethi Sahraoui is a visual poet and a unique storyteller. The Wind that Shakes Dreams is an extraordinary evocation of an almost dream-like place and situation through which Fethi guides us, where its inhabitants patiently wait while we pass by. I’m reminded of the American writer Truman Capote’s quest for achieving what he called a “non-fiction novel” – the evocative holding of objectively observed and subjectively felt realities within one creative form. ”
“ Reem Falaknaz’s project beautifully sheds light on the private lives and rituals of individuals in the Gulf. Her sensitivity and commitment in the proposed project exploring the live music and dances serve simultaneously as a soundtrack and performance during pivotal life events. Her future development of this project will certainly add a new perspective in documenting the cultural practices and rituals of music and dance. ”
“ I am incredibly moved by the depth and artistic ambition of Salih Basheer’s 22 Days In Between project that visually and conceptually calls forth, reconfigures and heals his personal trauma. His photographic project explores how loss and absence are defining forces in how we shape our sense of self and the narratives we create to comprehend our experiences in life. ”
“ The work of Abdo Shanan is a deeply intimate approach to visualizing the melding of social and individual identity within the context of public protests. A Little Louder captures the 'Hirak' demonstrations which started in February 2019 in Algeria. I am struck by how personal the images feel and interested to see how Abdo extends this project in the time after Covid-19 lockdowns and asks how a society in protest is changed and continues to resist. ”