This exhibition will be formed in two parts, the first one will look back at the last fifty years, then the second part will highlight the current revolt. In addition, a mural composed of news found on social networks will highlight the impossibility of journalists to go there to do their work.
In parallel, events and performances with artists and people from the Iranian community in Belgium will take place.
The first photographer presented is Eric Bouvet, a Frenchman who, since the 90s, has been covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, ex-Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel. Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi, Libya and Ukraine. His work has been published in many international magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, etc. During his career, he has been awarded various prizes: Paris-Match Prize (1986), World Press (1986), W. Eugene Smith Foundation Award (1997), 3P Foundation Award (2004).
The second photojournalist, Alain Keler, has covered conflicts such as those in Israel, the Solidarność movement in Poland, Northern Ireland, the student revolt in Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, the famine in Ethiopia, the wars in Lebanon, El Salvador or Chechnya. His work has been rewarded with 5 World Press Awards, 2 Visa d'Or, the Gold Medal of the 15th Anniversary of Photography, Bayeux-Calvados Award, a Front Line Club Award, and a Paris-Match Award.
Then, Michel Setboun, photographer of Algerian origin, will also be presented. During his career for the Sipa agency, he won the first World Press Photo award in 1984.
The fourth is named Reza, from his full name Reza Deghati. He is a French photojournalist of Azeri origin from Iran who has worked all over the world, notably for National Geographic. His work has been featured in international media (National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, Geo...), as well as in a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel. His work has been awarded the World Press Photo, the Infinity Award, the Lucy Award, an honorary medal from the University of Missouri and the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the American University of Paris. France has also named him a Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite.
For this exhibition, we will also welcome Marie Tihon, a Belgian freelance journalist. Member of Women Photograph, she mainly documents the struggle for women's rights. Through her reporting, she focuses on resilience, struggles for justice and migration. She won the Mentor Award Jury Prize and Audience Prize in 2016 at the Visa Pour l'Image festival in Perpignan. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the Nikon-Noor Academy and won the Vocatio Fellowship. Her work has been published in Courrier International, Libération, Le Figaro Magazine, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Stern, Vice, etc.
Finally, we will pay tribute to the work of Abbas, a photojournalist who passed away in 2018. During his career, he dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970, he covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba and South Africa during apartheid.
Location: Rue des Tanneurs, 58-60, 1000 Brussels