Power! Photos! Freedom!





Power! Photos! Freedom!

A cheering crowd in a Libyan sports stadium, gazing hopefully in the direction of their leader. Thus started the dubious political career of Muammar Gaddafi, a career which would end 42 years later in blood and gore. The photos went around the world. The FoMu focuses on the power of photography during recent events in the Arab world. The extensive Gaddafi archives are complemented by photographs on Syria, Egypt and Tunisia. Even though photography is clearly the ultimate propaganda tool for leaders in authoritarian regimes, it can also prove to be an important weapon for the people during a revolution.

The FoMu shows work of the following photographers and artists: Issa Touma (SY, °1962), Nicolas Righetti (CH, °1967), Florian Göttke (DE, °1965), HrairSarkissian (SY, °1973), Nermine Hammam (EG, °1967), Joachim Ben Yakoub, (BE, °1982) and Marco Bohr (DE, °1978). In addition, the citizens' journalism collective Mosireen (Egypt) and the Facebook group Uprising of Women in the Arab World will also be discussed.