Kameel Ahmady - Visual Ethnography
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Working and travelling to Africa, the Far East, Bosnia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq (before and after the war), I became interested in the everyday lives of these local populations, their traditions and customs, particularly the harmful ones, and also the effect conflict, war and poverty has had on these populations. This was the inspiration behind many of my works including those related to gender, children and minorities.
My experiences as a consultant and scientific supporter, for Ministries of Immigration and Justice fueled my desire to conduct in-depth cutting edge research on these topics further. Through these studies, I have tried to keep the guidelines of anthropological ethics and at the same time be the voice of social minorities, as the issues are mostly hidden from the public eye
For me, Image is a direct expression of the world we live in, of what we See and experience as participants in that world. Through my photographs, ethnographic explanations and researchs I try to provide viewers, if somewhat indirectly, a glimpse into that reality, but also of the surreal of the everyday that we often overlook as a part of our world. My lens and the ethnographic perspective it conveys attempt to provide eyes to the world as much as tools to describe it – its poetry, sadness, mystery and joy. They do not complete the picture nor provide a complete account of human experience, however, to the extent that this work helps to illustrate those small and often forgotten realities, I will feel these visual representations a success. One caveat: the categorisation of my galleries into continental divides is intended to ease searching for the viewer. However, this is done with the full knowledge that such divisions are largely arbitrary – terms such as ‘the Middle East’ or ‘the West’ are merely constructs – and gloss over a deep cultural and human richness both within and across societies. My belief is that, for all the beauty of this human diversity, there is yet more that unites us all as

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