Abdo Shanan
Abdo was born in 1982 in Oran, Algeria to a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. Abdo studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya until 2006. In 2012, he undertook an internship at Magnum Photos Paris, which gave him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and make his first story for the magazine ‘Rukh’. His photographs have been published by a number of printed and online magazines as well as by newspapers. In 2015 he received a nomination for Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and in 2016 his series ‘Diary: Exile’ was selected by Addis Foto Fest 2016, the same series was shortlisted for The CAP Prize 2017.
“How could an environment influence our Identity? Between a land where we live and a land or lands that we have a history with, where and how can we identify ourselves? This project questions the relation between humans and the environment where they live (or have lived), how it shapes their identity and how they define the concept of “home”. Dry is a photo-essay that has Algeria as a common environment between different subjects from mixed races and nationalities.”

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.