Update - June 2019

Test shot from a personal project I’m working on

Test shot from a personal project I’m working on

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Almost 5 months to be exact. Wow, how my life has changed since January 31 2019. I’ve been through ups and downs that are usually attributed to the ups and downs of entire life-times, or so I believe. But this isn’t a personal life update so I am going to leave it at that. I will share a few professional ones.

Since my last post I’ve made some major career moves. For starters, I was commissioned by the amazing women at girlgaze.com to create stock images that challenge conventional beauty standards. Totally up my street. I was among 135 female photographers from around the world that were selected to be part of the project, which went live around March 2019, and recently won a Golden Lion award at the Cannes Lions convention for exceptional content creation. The project was created in partnership with Getty Images and Dove, and I am really proud that my images made it to both the Getty platform as well as Dove advertisements around my city, Dubai. You can view the project here: https://www.gettyimages.ae/showus. A couple of the images I personally shot were featured in publications like elle.com #Superproud.

Another career move, which I consider to be pivotal to my aspirations as a storyteller and a documentarian is that I am officially a freelance producer with Kerning Cultures! Kerning Cultures is an audio storytelling podcast from the Middle East. What I love about KC is that shares carefully-made documentaries that push boundaries and tell stories from in-between spaces in our region, and it should be noted that they’re the first venture-backed podcast in the region. I released my first short audio documentary with them in March (to honor International Women’s Day) titled ‘Break the Cycle’. I’m currently working on a long-form story about the 2011 North-South Sudan split which is supposed to come out end of this month (very timely seeing as Sudan is going through a revolution at the moment). Both documentaries mean so much to me; gender + identity politics.

Since January I’ve also done a bunch of photo workshops (as part of Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week and others) and halo zine debuted its collaborative project at this year’s Art Dubai.

Finally, I’ve also joined the team at Sharjah Art Foundation as their content editor so I’ve been working a 9 to 5 with them since February (which explains my lack of activity on here).

Of course, I did all the above all while working on my own personal projects - which I hope will see light of day before the end of this year!!! I’m also waiting for a bunch of grants and programmes to get back to me about funding, support etc so fingers crossed.

That’s it for now. I’ll probably be back on here when I have the time and when I have more interesting things to share. But, like I said, we’re only halfway through 2019 and I already feel like it’s been a lifetime of changes.