Bite! magazine » Asia

Selected by Diederik Meijer on September 13, 2010

I love this series of jumping pictures. Iraq is associated with the misery of war most of the time, especially in media representations. Jamal Penjweny reminds us there are normal people that are trying to live normal lifes down there too. Apart from that, the work shows a great sense of humor. At the end of his artist testimonial, Jamal makes the jumping business sound like a lost dream. But I think the work itself proves him wrong in that respect. The fact that he made this beautiful set of photographs means he still wants to fly by making the highest jump possible.

Selected by Sophia Greiff on August 26, 2010

In a region that has been stirred up by political, religious and military conflicts for centuries, Italian photographer Davide Monteleone captured scenes of an everyday life that is still far away from normality. With an eye for telling details he transmits a sense of agitation and uncertainty lurking underneath the even surface. His images of the Russian Caucasus are poetic and captivating, yet informative and insightful.

Selected by Sophia Greiff on August 11, 2010

It hasn’t been so long since Kabul was considered an open-minded metropolis. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Afghan capital was a popular stop on the hippie trail to southern Asia. Now, after thirty years of occupation and war, Afghanistan is struggling to reestablish its identity. Residents are pessimistic about the future. Rebuilding the city drags on, and the constant fear of new attacks has shaken people’s trust in NATO forces. “Crossing Kabul” is a portrait of today’s Kabul where, far from the fighting, normality is slow to return. German photographer Daniel Pilar focuses on everyday situations caught between tradition, Western influence and social progress.

Selected by Marta Daho on July 19, 2010

Aleix Plademunt Perez: My work reflects on different social attitudes, analyzed through the landscape. I am interested in the landscape when it has a direct relationship with the social, with us. I’m interested in analyzing the landscape from a present perspective, from the moment of history in which I am living. I’m questioning why I have found the landscape in this way, how we use it, how we move about in it, and what we understand by the term ‘landscape’. Dubai has had the privilege of being able to create a city from scratch, from nothing. The city has the space and money to enable it to realize the dreams of a society. The city speaks of the desires, hopes and habits of today’s society. A city was built by appropriating Western symbols and taking them to the extreme, to the limit. The result is a thematic and fictionalized city which in many cases borders on the absurd.