The Learning Documentation project is a youth exchange series that focuses on the documentation of resistance movements that vision towards social & political change and justice. Participants engaged in learning how to safely and ethically document demonstrations and actions that amplify voices of marginalized groups as well as emphasizing the importance of visibilizing global issues from perspectives of those affected by these struggles.
The collected material comprises of interviews and pictures taken in Germany and those shared from the local contexts of participants.
In December 2018, demonstrators marched through the Sudanese capital Khartoum, and in the neighboring cities of Omdurman and Bahri, demanding that the military play no role in a transitional government, and for political power to be transferred to civilian authorities. The protests were brutally suppressed. These photographs cover moments of mobilization and protest from this time, and after the military coup of October 2021.
Faiz Abubakr Mohamed is a photographer based in Khartoum, Sudan. He is a member of the African Photojournalism Database, a directory of emerging and professional African visual journalists established by the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa. These photos were taken after the military coup in Sudan on 25th October 2021.
WE CAN’T BREATHE by Nella Aguessy (BigMotha)
The message of protest from the Afro-Berlin community. The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on 25 May 2020 sent a shock of anger and sadness around the world, particularly for the international Black community. In the midst of the lockdown, there was a question as to whether demonstrations against systemic racism and police violence would even be allowed. In an organic, vital, and spontaneous response, Nell Aguessy addressed the Black community of Berlin via social networks to come together to transform this anger into cathartic energy. The purpose of BigMotha is to use photography as a medium to express feelings. It is also an opportunity to give a voice to a community that is all too often underrepresented. Through black and white portraits, in analog medium format film (120 mm), the idea is to reflect this period of mourning during the photo shoot. After a moment of exchange with the photographer, the subjects posed on a black background under a strong spotlight. The signs, written by the subjects themselves, testify to the messages that Berlin’s Afro-European community wishes to convey to the world.
Activestills collective was established in 2005 by a group of documentary photographers out of a strong conviction that photography is a vehicle for social and political change.It is composed of Israeli, Palestinian and international photographers, operating locally in Palestine/Israel and abroad. The collective views itself as part of the international and local struggle against all forms of oppression, racism and discrimination.
Activestills approaches the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as one, working to expose the most blatant attack on human rights and freedom within these borders: the Zionist settler-colonial project led by Israel against the Palestinian population.
The collective believes in the power of images to shape public attitudes and raise awareness on issues that are generally absent from public discourse, or presented in a misleading way by the media.