7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers gathered to provide a personal visual perspective of their city – Baghdad, Beirut, Marrakesh, Tehran, Dubai, Istanbul and Algieri – told on a specific day of the week.
7X7. TRANSCULTURAL NARRATIVES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, curated by Roï Saade, is a collaborative photography project across the MENA region in which 7 photographers from 7 different cities are brought together to provide a personal visual story of their city, offering an alternative narrative to the often negative or geopolitical representation of that city in the media. Each photographer was assigned a specific day of the week for a period of time to portray his city from a local and personal point of view, and to replace the contested political images of their native cities. This project aims to present a collective voice that connects throughout the Middle East and North Africa regardless of religious, social or political context, to culminatie in an exhibit at MAD Murate Art District, in 7 newspapers publication and in a digital platform created especially for the project (7×7.middleastnow.it)
SEVEN BY SEVEN is an original project produced by Middle East Now festival, conceived and curated by Lebanese artist Roï Saade, co-produced by MAD Murate Art District.
The 7 photographers featured in the project are:
Myriam Boulos — Beirut, Lebanon; Sina Shiri — Tehran, Iran; Abdo Shanan — Algeri, Algeria; Amir Hazimi — Baghdad, Iraq; Reem Falaknaz — Dubai, Emirates; Erdem Varol — Istanbul, Turkey; Mouad Abillat — Marrakesh, Morocco
SEVEN BY SEVEN is also presented through a special online platform, which allows visitors to digitally explore the work of the 7 photographers and their visual story of the cities in which they live: