How did you find your voice as an artist?
Actually in art I have found my voice as a human before the artist I am now days. Before I get into photography I had so much to say about the world around me, so many ideas from different perspectives, only I was too afraid to express myself out loud. I was afraid to say “NO” or to disagree. In art as in photography I have found my” No’s” and my revolts. Photography has giving me a voice. as I always say I speak four languages Arabic, English, French and photography in which photography is my strongest language.
What is your artistic singularity?
My work is strictly personal on the other hand I try to define a common ground between what is personal for me and the person looking at my work. I believe it is important to establish some kind of familiarity with my work so the viewer could react to it.
How does your origin country Algeria influence your work?
As tradition or culture, Algeria has no influence on my work. But as an environment it gives me the rage to work, as it is an environment that I can not quite belong to or fully understand. This is what pushed me in “Diary: exile” to ask questions about my Identity and where do I belong. Now in my new Project “Dry” I try to question the relation between humans and the environment where they live (or lived), how does it affect their Identity and how they define “Home”.
Do you have a vision of what your artistic future could look like?
To produce books, a lot of them.
Can you tell us a little bit about ‘Untitled (Oran), from the series Diary: Exile, 2014-2016’?
The woman in the picture is my grandmother, at the beginning I have thought I was documenting her life as a person who suffers sever memory loss, only later that I understood that I was creating a visual diary for what I felt to be my exile in Algeria. This picture became later part of my project “ Diary: exile”.
The photographer’s website: http://abdoshanan.portfoliobox.me/
Abdo Shanan on Singulart: https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/abdo-shanan-126