The exhibition entitled Next to Here displays the work of 18 young photographers from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The 74 works on display at the Contemporary Image Collective are photos of everyday surroundings “near to here” and include cityscapes, landscapes and the living conditions of people in rural and urban areas. They include sanitation workers in Tunisia, green spaces in Cairo, refugees, pollution and urban development.
The photos, all by amateur photographers, are the result of 10 workshops held over a two-year period, organised by the Goethe Institute in Cairo as well as Casblanca, Algiers, Tunis, Alexandra, Cairo, Beirut, Ramallah, Amman, Khartoum, Erbil and Dubai.
The Contemporary Image Collective was founded by a group of artists and photgraphers in 2004 as an independent body to examine the role of photography in society and the media. It organises exhibitions, residencies, educational activities and special projects.