INSTAGRAM

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by claudiawiens

I recently discovered INSTAGRAM as a nice “toy” to use photography in a different way. More playful, more spontanious, somewhat lighthearted, pretty and emotional. I can be creative in a different way. You can follow me @claudiawiens on instagram. But as not everybody is using instagram I thought it would be nice to share some photos on my blog as well. This post will gradually grow.

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A sandcastle in Valencia003_Istanbul_Seagulls_byClaudiaWiens

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Seagulls following a boat in Istanbul

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Balloons in Istanbul

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A Portrait of my cat Selma

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A train ride from Tunis to Gabes

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Tropical island paradise Seychelles

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A fountain in Istanbul

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Beautiful Bosporus in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
One of the many streetcats in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Snow in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
An aerial shot of Cairo

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More Cairo from above

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©Claudia Wiens
Cairo, Nile and Manial, from above

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©Claudia Wiens
Queen Selma

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Selfportrait

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN ISTANBUL

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by claudiawiens

Together with my photo colleague Andrea Künzig I will teach a photography workshop in Istanbul May 2014 (15.05. 2014 -19.05 2014). Registration is open NOW. All information and details under http://photoworkshopswienskuenzig.com/  . So far teaching language is German, but if there should be interest by English speaking people we can definitely offer the workshop in English and German. Please contact me for inquiries.

Istanbul

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Fotoworkshop in Istanbul

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by claudiawiens

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Istanbul Fotoworkshop mit Andrea Künzig und Claudia Wiens
Istanbul 12.9.2013 – 16.9.2013

Meine Kollegin Andrea Künzig und ich leben und arbeiten seit mehreren Jahren in Istanbul. Wir bieten im September 2013 einen 5-tägigen Workshop in der Metropole an. Zusammen bringen wir fast 40 Jahre internationale Fotografie-Arbeitserfahrung mit und möchten diese mit fotobegeisterten Menschen teilen. Alle Details kann man einsehen unter www.photoworkshopswienskuenzig.com

002 Istanbul, Hidrellez Festival, gypsie band playing, by Claudia Wiens

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istanbul© Andrea Künzig

035 Istanbul, people having fun at Suada Club, by Claudia Wiens

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istanbul© Andrea Künzig

Istanbul

© Claudia Wiens

istanbul

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Post-revolution Art and Artists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya

Posted in Photography on May 21, 2013 by claudiawiens

 Since early 2012 I am working on my new long-term project about art and artists who are inspired by the political, cultural and social changes after their respective uprisings. I’m curious to see how they deal with the massive changes in their countries. Can their art contribute to instigate change? What inspires them? Is there now less censorship? Or maybe a different type of censorship? Who are these artists or artivists as some peopel call them? How do they live and work? These are some of the questions that I’m trying to find answers to. A great creative urge is almost palpable.

Nadia Khiari, author of Willis from Tunis

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Nadia Khiari, the author of Willis from Tunis, is drawing political cartoons every day.

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Ganzeer is preparing his first big solo show “The Virus is spreading” in Safar Khan Gallery in Cairo

Graffitis and Murals in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens
This mural shows a martyr painted by Ganzeer.

EGYPT, CAIRO: Andeel is a cartoonist and caricaturist

© Claudia Wiens
Andeel is a cartoonist and caricaturist in Cairo

Tunisian Slam Group Kif Kif

© Claudia Wiens
Hatem Karoui (on this photo) and Sabri Mosbah are the slam group Kif Kif

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Tunisian artist Chahine Berriche was caught by the police while he and a friend where spraying slogans on the walls and are now facing a trial. He is part of a network called Zwewla, The Marginalised, who do art and activist work in the name of poor people. He did a documentary about the case against him. His father, Mondher Berriche, is his producer and helps him editing the film.

Egyptian Artist Mohamed Fahmy aka Ganzeer

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Ammar Abu Bakr (right) is an artist who painted many murals along the wall of the AUC in Mohamed Mahmoud street in Cairo Downtown.

Graffitis and Murals in Egypt

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One of Ammar Abu Bakr’s murals in Cairo.

Egyptian Artist Mohamed Fahmy aka Ganzeer

© Claudia Wiens
Ganzeer and Ammar Abu Bakr discussing projects

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Faten Rouissi creates a land-art installation with lettuce during the contemporary art festival “De Colline en Colline” in Takrouna. In the area around Takrouna lettuce and greenery is produced mainly for export. The people of the region do not really benefit from their work. Faten’s installation points out this imbalance.

A second part of my project is catching bits of quickly changing cityscapes: graffiti that appears and then often disappears again; relicts of the revolution like burned out buildings; flags waving a newly discovered national pride; and of course the protesters. The history, revolutions, and current political situation in all three countries are very different with many of the people’s demands not yet having been met. Also, people are having constantly changing feelings from disappointment and anger to euphoria or apprehension, but amongst this there is one common thing – people reclaimed the streets and express their emotions, demands and needs more freely than before. Artists turn to the streets, spray graffiti or paint murals and demonstrations take place regularly now. People feel more that they own the streets and public places again or maybe for the first time, which gives them a feeling of belonging and being able to play a part in the development of their country, contrary to the situation before the revolutions when most people often apathetically said, “I can’t change anything, I better keep quiet.”

These photos are taken on film with my Lomo in order to better catch the feeling of constant change.

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Since the revolution the army is stationed in Bourghiba Square in downtown Tunis protecting the Interior Ministry and other official buildings.

Graffitis and Murals in Egypt© Claudia Wiens
More and more Egyptian flags appear in public spaces like here at a boat place at the Corniche.

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Zwewla is a group of artists and activists. Two of thm were caught in November 2012 while spraying a slogan on a wall in Gabes and are facing trial now. Their supporters demonstrate regularly.

Graffitis and Murals in Egypt

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People are daring to own the streets now, more and more graffitis appear in Egypt.

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Regularly new walls are errected by army and police to keep protester away from embassies, ministries and other other buildings.

Tunisian Artist Faten Rouissi

© Claudia Wiens
After the revolution Tunisian artist Faten Rouiss created an event with other artists to beautify all the cars that were burned out during the revolution in order to create a feeling of a new beginning.

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Burned out building of the ex ruling party, the National Democratic Party (NPD).

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© Claudia Wiens
During and after the revolution many people broke into Ben Ali’s and his family member”s villas and looted the places, burned them, stole things and also decorated walls with graffitis.

Graffitis and Murals in Egypt

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This graffiti shows Khaled Said, a young man, who was killed during police torture in June 2010 in Alexandria. A well known Facebook group, ‘We are all Khaled Said’ brought attention to his death and contributed to growing discontent in the weeks leading up to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by claudiawiens

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important International competition in women’s football and is played amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. 2011 it is taking place for the first time in Germany. From 26th June to 17th July sixteen teams will compete at the World Cup finals. The Women’s World Cup 2011 is poised to mark a milestone in competitive women’s football with unparalleled coverage on television in terms of both production and distribution. Underlining the huge strides the women’s game has made in recent years, for the first time ever the FIFA broadcast production will comprise up to 18 cameras for selected matches, including in-goal cameras and two steadycams for all matches.
Not only the famous teams need media support and visibility but also less known teams should get some of the spotlight. Since 2006 I have been documenting women’s football in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Berlin. This summer the photos will be shown in many photo exhibitions and they will be published in my new book “Schuhgröße 37″ (Size 4 Boots), a book in four languages, German, English, Arabic and Turkish.
You can order the book from any online bookshop, e.g. http://www.weltbild.de/3/16761008-1/buch/schuhgroesse-37.html

Exhibitions:
Berlin: Kreuzbergmuseum, Opening 15th June, 6pm. 15th June to 28th August
Istanbul: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi, Opening 21st June, 7pm. 21st June to 17th July
Cairo: Sawy Center (Organised by Goethe Institute), Opening 25th June, 7pm. 25th June to 5th July.

The exhibition will be shown as well by the Goethe Institutes in Upper Egypt, Algiers, Khartoum, Ramallah, Beirut, Amman, Damascus and maybe other places. Exact dates need to be confirmed.





DIARY TO DEMOCRACY

Posted in Photography on March 17, 2011 by claudiawiens

I started a blog about Egypt’s 25th of January Revolution, writing about the events, my emotions and experiences during the revolution.

Of Dung-beetle Messengers and Infamous Crickets

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by claudiawiens

See my book here:

http://www.blurb.com/assets/embed.swf?book_id=580010

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