Yalla Habibi. Living with war

PhotographerHosam Katan
PrizeSilver in Book (series Only) / Documentary
Entry Description

The project opens up a wide spectrum of conflicting and contrasting emotions and experiences of what life has meant to people in their hometown of Eastern Aleppo since the start of the civil war. Presenting original photos taken between 2013 and 2015 by a photojournalist from Eastern Aleppo, the project gives recognition to people in Eastern Aleppo who – by continuing to simply live their lives with resilience and inventiveness in the face of perilous circumstances. The photos capture moments of people resiliently trying to continue their ordinary everyday lives and refusing to become silent lifeless shells just walking around awaiting death amidst the brute military force inflicted on them. Anger, joy, grieve, fear, adventurousness, desperation, determination, solidarity, defiance, fatigue, excitement, the experience of living in Eastern Aleppo has been animated by a wide spectrum of emotions. This project not only intends to generate empathy but to provoke a reflection on justice, responsibility and human dignity.