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Marwan Bassiouni, New Dutch Views #7 The Netherlands (2018)
Met zijn nieuwe serie ‘New Dutch Views’ hoopt fotograaf Marwan Bassiouni (Zwitserland, 1985) bij te dragen aan lopende dialogen over de islam in de westerse samenleving.
Contemplatief van aard, heeft Bassiouni een interesse in abstracte kunst en het verkennen van de formele en poëtische kwaliteiten van het fotografisch stilstaande beeld.

Voor ‘New Dutch Views’ ging Bassiouni tussen januari 2018 en februari dit jaar op pad door Nederland. Hij trok door polders, langs industrieterreinen, naar dorpjes, binnensteden en buitenwijken om het Nederlandse landschap te fotograferen vanuit de ramen van moskeeën. Met zijn serie toont Bassiouni ons de diversiteit van de islam in ogenschijnlijk contrast met het net zo diverse en tegelijkertijd onmiskenbaar Nederlandse landschap. Het is een symbolisch portret van zijn dubbele culturele achtergrond en laat daarnaast zien dat er een nieuwe westers-islamitische identiteit aan het ontstaan is.

“I physically visited more than seventy mosques in order to produce a series of thirty ‘New Dutch Views’. My choice of which mosques to photograph was based on the views that their windows could offer and the access I was granted. All photographs in the series are composites and representations of actual Dutch mosque interiors with their views on the local landscape. Each mosque is depicted in its actual surroundings.”

“New Dutch Views #7” The Netherlands, 2018 is one of the earlier photographs that I produced for the series New Dutch Views. It was made in the women’s prayer room of a Turkish-style mosque in a residential area in North Holland, and it depicts a view on a tennis court, a canal, a small parking lot and an elderly persons home. I was inspired by the will to make photographs that can contribute towards more understanding and compassion between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. In my work creativity requires a purpose, a blank page, faith, persistence and a good heart. Maybe freedom is the ability to see the blank page.” 

“YiPArt’s projects can make a valuable contribution to three things I believe that the world can use a lot more of: compassion, forgiveness and hope. If by simply donating one of my photographs I can contribute to this cause, then I am glad to do so.”

Highlights
2019    New Dutch Views, Fotomuseum Den Haag
2019    SBK, Amsterdam
2019    Paris Photo–Aperture 1st Book Award shortlist,
            New York, Paris
2019    Harry Pennings prize, Eindhoven,
2019    Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum
2019    Harry Pennings prize, Eindhoven
2019    Plat(t)form portfolio 2019, Fotomuseum
            Winterthur
2019    Unseen photo fair, Galerie Ron Mandos,
            Amsterdam
2018    Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award, Amsterdam
2018    Recipient of Eugene Smith Student Grant, New
            York
2018    Sprouts Young Talent Award, Amsterdam
2018    Unseen photofair, Galerie Ron Mandos,
            Amsterdam
2018    Best of Graduates 2018, Galerie Ron Mandos,
            Amsterdam
2018    KABK Graduation Show, Royal Academy of Art,
            Den Haag 
2018    Sprouts Young Talent, SBK, Amsterdam
2018    I See Peace, The Humanity House, Den Haag
2018    Bachelor of Design, Specialization: Documentary
            Photography, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende
            Kunsten Den Haag 
2017    Fabulous Failures, curated by Erik Kessels, Den
            Haag
2013    Benghazi Hotel, CoXist Studio, Honolulu, 
2013    20 upcoming photographers, Prix Bayeux
            Calvados, Engeland
2013    Le Prix Bayeux s’expose, Bar 61, Paris, FR 2008
            Mouvement, Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Fribourg
2013     Nomination for Joop Swart Masterclass
2012     Boninchi Grant, University of Geneva
2010     Federal Certificate of Capacity in Photography,
            CEPV

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