As part of the 5th edition of the Amman Image Festival, Dar Al-Anda is proud to host an exhibition that is the culmination of its first-ever artist residency. Following two multi-year projects across North Africa and the Middle East, French photographer Scarlett Coten presents Still alive & Mectoub.
Read Scarlett's bio here and explore her earlier work at her official website. You may also access this event on Facebook.
Still alive, a collection of diptychs taken between 2000 and 2003, is a plunge into the unkown world of the bedouins of Egypt. These photographs, which were published as a book in 2009, are a celebration of the humor, enthusiam, and modernity of a population that is forgotten, destitute, but still alive.
In 2012, Scarlett decided to photograph men.
Mectoub is a standpoint, a relationship that she decided to have with men that were strangers to her, in these Arab countries which since Still alive have remained at the core of her photographic work. The series explore the men in this region in a deeply personal way, interweaving portraits and places, in order to challenge traditional notions of gender, concepts of masculinity and the men’s relationship to women. In Mectoub the camera itself has a gender and the feminine gaze holds a position of power, challenging the viewer to question traditional ideas of the overly predominant male gaze in the history of art.