PORTFOLIO

KABYLIE

TANMURT

Tanmurt means "the land" in the Berber language.
Kabylie, a Berber region in the north of Algeria, is the land where I was born.
I have been haunted by ghostlike, however, pleasant childhood memories ever since I have left my village. I have returned many times driven by the hope that I would find those childhood memories again. And now.... life is outplayed by death, love is replaced by hate and terror, life in the communities is gradually transforming into a life in solitude. Despite the pain and sorrow caused by this development, I still, from the depth of my heart, hope for a change to the better....

AZAWAD

THE OPPORTUNITY OF AN INDEPENDENT TOUAREG STATE

The first Touareg rebellion against the Malian army took place already in 1963. Only after many uprisings, which then took place, they obtained small concessions on behalf of the Malian government; still they were never implemented. At the beginning of 2012 the Touareg rebels of the MNLA (Mouvement National de la Libération de l'Azawad) succeeded in eventually expelling the Malian army from the north of the country and in proclaiming an independent state named Azawad.

BERBER IN LYBIA

DURING AND AFTER THE REVOLUTION

The death of Gaddafi awoke hopes for freedom in many Libyan tribes. This was the case especially for the Berberian tribe located in the western part of the country which has always been oppressed. Their fighters have decisively contributed to the fall of Gaddafi and of Tripoli even though the revolution began in the east of the country. However, even in the young constitution of Libya the Berberian culture and its language are not being recognised.

MONGOLIA

"DZUD" MONGOLIA 2010

In Mongolia a cold spell called "Dzud" approximately occurs every seventh year. During such a "Dzud" - lasting four to five weeks - the temperature drops to under -40 centigrades, and due to that a large number of animals perish. For the normads, being fully dependent on lifestock farming, this normally means a total loss of their livelihood and drives many normads to move to Ulan Bator the capital of Mongolia. There, without education and decent job prospects, they are living a dire existence on the huge waste disposal sites of the capital. The children are frequently left on their own without school education and without a home. These street children often seek refuge in the sewage system of Ulan Bator.