Poem

Interval: El Biar | I was born in a town called El Biar where Derrida was born too and Fanon lived my family are truly loving I got to really be a kid   I am not ashamed of my struggles Anymore. Image: Colonial buildings in Algiers, Algeria.Read more

Photograph

Algiers Series | Timimoun Connections | A young boy orders some snacks from the tea hotspot in central Algiers. Customers are plenty at this favourite snack hut in the heart of the capital. Friendly chat is exchanged as people wait for their orders of fresh mint tea. The tea shop resembles a hole in the wall but one that is not easily missed. In a box-like store in the wall, a window allows passersby to peer in from the sidewalkRead more

Poem

On loved ones we have lost or never met| There | I will always be hurt there pain there can’t describe there sometimes there is on my mind when I imagine that you may have been there too pause break Une douleur imortalisee* let there be Sabar* for me for you there. Phrase and Proverb Glossary: Une douleur immortalisee (a pain immortalised written in French), Sabar (the patience wished on those who are especially grieving the loss of a lovedRead more

Book

Recommended reading on the theme of alternative narratives to popular Western literature and a counter novel of Albert Camus’ The Stranger from an Algerian perspective: Mama’s still alive today. She doesn’t say anything now, but there are many tales she could tell. Unlike me: I’ve rehashed this story in my head so often, I almost can’t remember it anymore. I mean, it goes back more than half a century. It happened, and everyone talked about it. People still do, butRead more

Photograph

Algiers Series | Unexpected Love Story | Didou swore by his love for his wife. So much so that he decorated every corner of his inner city apartment block in ceramic celebrations of her life. After all it was her dying wish. In the entrance hallway of a European build, he has plastered pictures of his beloved, family members and memories from his boxing days. Didou talks through every picture like a tribute, each attached to a story he insistsRead more

About ياسمين

Yasmine Bendjoudi is a British Algerian Arab arts, culture and human interest writer and photographer. Inspired by her own hybrid identity – she is interested in social displacement and cultural critical thinking in North Africa and the Middle East. Her writing and photography conveys hidden artistic and cultural narratives of the Arab world and diaspora. Here you will find a compilation of selected photographs and writings produced by the Algeria-born Londoner in Doha where she has resided and across the ArabRead more