10 photographers | 10 countries | 20 images
An image is worth a thousand words, it is said and yet we often forget that not only do we ‘take’ pictures but we also ‘make’ them. The act of photographing is a constant framing of the world. In every inclusion there is exclusion.
What is framed as ‘Muslim’ is often pious, overwhelmingly masculine and unreservedly traditional. The exceptions either confirm the rule or slide into reductive images of protest and transgression. This ethnographic photo exhibition aims to include the ordinary, the mundane and sometimes the under represented aspects of everyday life in Muslim communities and societies. The photographs present the complexity of lived experiences: places where prayer goes hand in hand with ideas of amusement and simple pleasures offset the harshness of conflict-ridden environments; also communities which are in conversation with non-Muslim majorities and occasions where the humanness of the subject takes precedence over its Muslimness.
The project ‘framing muslims’ documents also the wide range of regional and cultural contexts that make up the diversity of research projects at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies.