Lebanon Mountains High Atlas 2017-2019 is a cooperation project between Dar al-Mussawir, Beirut, and Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAVM) within the SMArt programme. It aims at building new collaborations between international cultural partners and encouraged a respective “regards-croisés” on common issues between mountains areas in Lebanon and Morocco.
This project included an exchange of six young and emerging talents in photography and video to initiate a dynamic cultural exchange between Lebanon and Morocco and to allow opportunity for young artists in photography, film and multimedia from both countries to explore projects on mountain areas themes that touch environment, agriculture, global warming, water resources, migration, globalization in markets and production, cultural landscapes, biodiversity, the encounter of human / mountain.
Through an open call in both countries, the photographers were selected and participated in two workshops and residencies, in Lebanon and Morocco:
From Lebanon: Ashraf Mtaweh, Hussam Hawwa and Ziad Hage
From Morocco: Abderrahmane Marzoug, Zahrine Kahlo and Ziad Naitaddi
Ashraf Mtaweh, Lebanon
Artist and filmmaker based in Beirut, Ashraf Mtaweh holds a BS in Computer Sciences and a BA in Cinema Studies. He is mainly focused on filmmaking and write, direct and produce several documentaries, advertisements and films.
Hussam Hawwa, Lebanon
Hussam Hawwa has been actively using his film SLR camera for 20 years and held several personal and collective exhibitions. His artwork style reflects “Bressonic” moments, with subjects mainly found in urban streets, rural areas, and most evidently, nature.
Ziad Hage, Lebanon
Born in Zgharta in 1979, Ziad Hage is a freelance photographer who seeks and renders different photographic subjects with a conceptual approach away from the traditional.
Abderrahmane Marzoug, Morocco
Abderrahmane Marzoug is a designer and artistic director in a digital solution agency, and a big passionate about graphic art and the outdoors.
Zahrin Kahlo, Morocco
Born in Morocco into a Berber/Hispanic family, she spent her childhood in Spain and Italy. She’s graduated from the Art Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan with a focus on the study of Orientalist Photography.
Ziad Naitaddi, Morocco
Born in 1995 in Rabat, Ziad Naitaddi is a self-taught visual artist. Since 2013, he devoted his time to photography through a cinematic research which he explores in the form of documentary and fiction.