Ferhat Bouda — Photographs and Diaries
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
From March 18 to May 22, 2022
Nomadic communities are one of the main themes in the photographic work of Ferhat Bouda. In impressive visual narratives, the photographer, himself from a Berber family, documents the life and survival of these cultures in transition. For ten years, he has photographed the daily lives of the Imazighen (“free people”), as they call themselves, across North Africa. In addition, the rugged landscapes of Mongolia are the backdrop for his mysterious black and white images.
The exhibition also features Bouda’s images of the diversity of the Frankfurt metropolis – people at religious celebrations, street demonstrations, in the middle of the main train station or the banking district. Like most of the artist’s visuals, these question cultural resilience and human depth in a context of globalization.
The exhibition was organized by Celina Lunsford, FFF’s artistic director, and co-curator Esra Klein. Ferhat Bouda, born in 1976 to a Berber family in Algeria, is a fellow of the Hessische Kulturstiftung and a member of Agence VU’. His photographic essays have been published in international newspapers and magazines, including Le Monde, Geo and the New York Times. In 2020 he was awarded the Ellen Auerbach Fellowship for Photography by the JUNGE AKADEMIE/Akademie der Künste, Berlin.