The EYE SEE YOU Project uses the intimacy of the photographic lens to hold meaningful encounters with individuals around the world. This project was inspired by my conversations with community members in the slums and refugee camps of South Africa and Lebanon. Though vastly unique and complex, each of the communities I visited had all been abandoned by their local community-- police enforcement and government ignoring their existence. Members openly shared their stories with me, as having a visitor was rare. This project is in recognition of these communities and the essential human desire to be seen.
A portrait is made after a brief moment of eye gazing between the photographer and the photographed. Portraits made throughout the project will be transformed into an installation exploring the inherent and unique beauty of all.
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For three months, I lived with Wissam Muases and Ramia Suleiman, co-founders of the Syrian Artafif collective. Artafif is a collective of Syrian artists who relocated to Beirut, Lebanon with a focus on using art in their projects for social impact.
Sculptors by trade and environmentally focused at heart, Wissam and Ramia began a personal project to alleviate both the trash crisis in Beirut and the Syrian labor displacement within Lebanon. Their solution-- upcycle beer bottles. In an overcrowded workshop, they turn beer bottles into glassware for the home and have engaged Lebanese street artists to design the outside of their products. Through this project they have engaged displaced Syrians in the collection and production processes, providing them with professional skills for their livelihood.