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An Expression of Absence
© Amina Kadous

An Expression of Absence

Selections from the Arab Documentary Photography Program

Salih Basheer » Rehab Eldalil » Amina Kadous » Sara Sallam » Abdo Shanan »

Exhibition: 28 Oct – 18 Dec 2022

Wed 26 Oct 19:00 - 20:30

Magnum Foundation

59 East 4th St
NY 10003 New York



Thu 15-18

The Bronx Documentary Center and Magnum Foundation present An Expression of Absence, an exhibit taking inspiration from poet Mahmoud Darwish and critic John Berger that explores the ways photography conjures absence to represent time, memory, disappearance, loss, and erasure. In a context where the legacies of colonialism and political instability have imbued notions of home and belonging with impermanence and nostalgia, how can what's within the frame point to the hidden and missing?

The exhibit, divided in two parts displayed at the BDC and Magnum Foundation, features fifteen projects produced in the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP). Many of these works move from the exterior realms of the public and the political to the interior domains of the mind and body, while others explore absent histories whose spirits populate the present.

Founded in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring, ADPP provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Middle East and North Africa, challenging entrenched stereotypes of the region. Since its founding, ADPP has supported over 86 photographers and formed an extended community of creative cross-pollination that circumvents geographies and political barriers.

The exhibition features photographs by: Abd Doumany I Ameen Abo Kaseem I Dania Hany I Hicham Gardaf I Maen Hammad I Nadia Bseiso I Omar Imam I Seif Kousmate I Thana Faroq I Zied Ben Romdhane
Exhibition site: Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Friday 3-7PM + Saturday-Sunday 1-5PM

Abdo Shanan I Amina Kadous I Rehab Eldalil I Salih Basheer I Sara Sallam
Exhibition site: Magnum Foundation, 59 E 4th St #7w, New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 3-6PM

An Expression of Absence is curated by Roï Saade (2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program Grantee) and Rola Khayyat (2020 Magnum Foundation Fellow). It is co-produced by the Bronx Documentary Center and the Magnum Foundation, with ten photographers exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center and five photographers exhibited at the Magnum Foundation.

ADPP is a joint initiative of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Magnum Foundation, and the Prince Claus Fund. ADPP’s mentors are photographers Tanya Habjouqa, Eric Gottesman, Randa Shaath, and Peter Van Agtmael. The program coordinator is Jessica Murray. To see more projects from ADPP, visit arabdocphotography.org

Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in visual storytelling, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant making, mentorship, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged imagemakers exploring new models for storytelling.

Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Thurs-Fri 3-7pm and Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Free admission

Magnum Foundation
59 East 4th St, 7W, NY, NY 10003
Open Hours: Thurs 3-6 pm
Free admission