Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan, 1975) is a documentary photographer specializing in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. She approaches her subjects with sensitivity and an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 (winning a World Press Photo award in 2014). She was the recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund, and mentors grantees from across the Arab region for Magnum’s “Arab Photographer Documentary Fund” in partnership the Prince Claus Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photo collective of the Middle East. She lectures ‘Narrative/ National Identity in Photography’ at Al Quds Bard University.
Sabaya / ايابص
The Arabic word ‘Sabaya’ carries the whimsy of girls. Just on the precipice of adulthood, you still can tangibly do the things of childhood, like run outside and have your hair long and free. The space hasn’t run out yet. These portraits taken in Palestine, Jordan, and with Iraqi, Syrian, and Somali refugees take the context of that tender age. The beauty alongside darker political realities resulting from civil war, exodus, and occupation. Here you meet young girls (and women who lost their Sabaya years but are finding themselves again). Sometimes as reinvention and sometimes because there is no other choice but to be strong for their own daughters. (first person testimonials, poetry/prose by MidEast/American writers, and proverbs)

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.