Realism in Rawiya

All-female photographic group Rawiya features members from across the Middle East, all of whom have also established individual careers as photojournalists.

Newsha Tavakolian
Newsha Tavakolian

As such, the Rawiya photographers have an eye for a compelling human story, be it cluster bomb survivors trying to rebuild their lives, Iranian mothers of martyrs, a Palestinian all-female car-racing team and Jerusalem transsexuals.

Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa

Indeed the word Rawiya itself translates as ‘she who tells a story’.

Laura Boushnak
Laura Boushnak

Realism in Rawiya, an upcoming show at Nottingham’s New Art Exchange, will present work by the collective’s Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.

Tamara Abdul Hadi
Tamara Abdul Hadi

The show will reveal often overlooked Middle Eastern stories, such as Tanya Habjouqa’s Arab Body Building Championships images, or Myriam Abdelaziz’s photos of women taking part in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa

Realism in Rawiya is at New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7, from 25 January-20 April.

Myriam Abdelaziz
Myriam Abdelaziz

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