Tanya Habjouqa

She  is a an award-winning visual journalist, artist, and educator with a track record of narrative innovation and a reputation for creating dynamic creative work grounded in ethical practice and collaboration. Trained in anthropology and journalism, with an MA in Global Media and emphasis on Middle Eastern politics, her work focuses on gender, representations of otherness, dispossession, resettlement, and human rights. With close to 20 years of experience, Habjouqa has become a leading voice in the advancement of new documentary practices that seek to reframe news and politics through a more nuanced, culturally literate lens. She is the author of the ground-breaking book Occupied Pleasures (2015), a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East and her work is in the collections of MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a mentor for the Arab Documentary Photography Program, nurturing marginalized narratives and narrative-creators with the space and skills to tell their stories.

Habjouqa fuses a mordant sense of irony with unstinting, forensic interrogations of the implications of geopolitical conflict on human lives, weaving narratives infused with folklore and dark humor.

A Nikon Europe Ambassador, she is a winner of the 2014 World Press Photo and a key advisor and educator to NOOR Foundation and Nikon NOOR academy. Habjouqa is represented by East Wing Gallery.

Discover her work in the fanzine: Tarweedeh