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Algiers Series | Grande Poste Family | Some time has passed and life opens like a beautiful flower. When the people speak of La Grande Poste, my heart flutters with each syllabe as I hang on to every word my father had told of an époque filled with art and creativity. My father spent the best of his youth in an apartment adjacent and arm in arm with the big old architectural beauty that people frequent for their daily mail,Read more

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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

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Madinat Shamal Series: Wooden Boats l Two wood carvers sit under a tent in the Al Zubarah desert land located on the north western coast of Qatar. They are making miniature model dhow boats – traditional and specific in style to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. These wooden vessels were often used for carrying goods around the Persian Gulf, South Asia and East Africa. Smaller dhows were used for pearling around the peninsula.Read more

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Zahle Series: The Baklava Vendor l A baklava street vendor showcases his freshly baked Lebanese pastries, nougat bars and nuts on a promenade along the banks of the Berdawni River. We are surrounded by mountains, limestone cliffs and a pleasant breeze that flows through the valley. He invites us over for a tasting session and we wonder why we ever had lunch.Read more

Book

Recommended reading on Critical Thinking in Arab Storytelling: Ibyn Tufayl scrupulously practiced this art of writing. He certainly expressed a wisdom that should have remained hidden, but he did it in an indirect way, behind a veil, as he puts it – in such a way that only those who are equipped to understand it will be able to uncover its secrets. In a word, what he has revealed will remain a secret between him and his brothers: “But weRead more

Writing

9:08 pm: This is an empty canvas based on several different realities. Or perhaps, just a single one, at a given time, like a time of birth or a time of death. The idea I am succumbing to now is vaguely based on what this culture could appear to be in a painting. How trivial this fleeting thought, for the phenomena goes beyond framework, borders and diaspora, or camelback stereotypes.Read 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