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Abdo Shanan * 1982 in Oran, Algeria, lives in Algiers, Algeria

Born in Oran, Algeria, in 1982, to a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. Abdo Shanan studied telecommunications engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya, until 2006. Returning to Algeria in 2009, his growing interest in photography first materialized in 2012 with an internship at Magnum in Paris. His work of photographic exploration is rooted in a deep and urgent desire to capture and depict the reality of his generation in Algeria, and to offer a counter-narrative to a visual histo [...]

Born in Oran, Algeria, in 1982, to a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. Abdo Shanan studied telecommunications engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya, until 2006. Returning to Algeria in 2009, his growing interest in photography first materialized in 2012 with an internship at Magnum in Paris. His work of photographic exploration is rooted in a deep and urgent desire to capture and depict the reality of his generation in Algeria, and to offer a counter-narrative to a visual history written by the colonial powers, and to current images. reducing Algeria to a series of crises. Thus, photography becomes for him a tool of self-affirmation, of the legitimacy of his voice and of the urgency of being the author of his own story.

Alongside his individual practice as a photographer, which has earned him a growing national and international reputation, including several international photography awards in 2019-2020, Abdo Shanan devotes himself to collective and curatorial projects, always with the aim of put forward new contemporary looks. Thus, in 2015, he co-founded the 220 collective, a collective of Algerian photographers. In 2020, he co-curated the Narratives from Algeria exhibition with Danaé Panchaud at the Photoforum Pasquart in Switzerland. In 2021, he won the On the Road Again grant from Pro Helvetia with the collectives 220 and KOZ.

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