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Jiser, which means “bridge” in Arabic, is a non-profit association based in Barcelona, whose objective is to promote artistic creation and the use of art as a tool for social transformation in the Mediterranean area, through the realization of joint activities that favor the exchange and rapprochement between the different artistic and cultural realities of the region.
For this edition of the Art Photo BCN, we wanted to invite the Collective220, it is a group of photographers with a strong creative identity and in tune with their time. Algeria and its social context is the source of its visual inspiration, progressively establishing itself as a key player in the photographic community exhibiting a broad spectrum of techniques in a very varied format of events.
The members of the collective are: Ramzy Bensaadi, Houari Bouchenak, Youcef Krache, Fethi Sahraoui and Abdo Shanan.
Abdo Shanan was born in 1982 in Oran, Algeria to a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. Abdo studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya until 2006. In 2012, he undertook an internship at Magnum Photos Paris, which gave him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and make his first story for the magazine ‘Rukh’. His photographs have been published by a number of printed and online magazines as well as by newspapers. In 2015 he received a nomination for Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and in 2016 his series ‘Diary:Exile’ was selected by the Addis Fotofest, the same series was shortlisted for The CAP Prize 2017.
Fethi Sahraoui was born in 1993 in the southern town of Hassi R’Mel, Fethi was raised by his grandmother. He is a self-taught social and documentary photographer as well as an English student; currently he is doing a master degree on ‘American Civilization’ in the university of his town Mascara. His passion for photography came from his interest in visual arts especially Cinema. At the age of 18 he bought his first camera and started wandering and wondering, today his quest is to document Algeria.
Youcef Krache was born in 1987 in Constantine, and he lives and works in Algiers. A self-taught photographer, he obtained a degree from the National Superior School of Tourism. His photographs are often concerned with spaces, landscapes and urban characters. He has exhibited his work in Algiers, Tunis, at the Dakar Biennale OFF, at the Rencontres internationales of Bamako, in Paris, Berlin and in the Western Sahara. He has also worked as a Director of Photography in movies for the Algerian directors Djamil Beloucif and Abdelghani Raoui.