The Egyptian photographer Rehab Eldalil has won the Incipiens award at the II Premis Mediterranis Albert Camus Incipiens, held in Sant Lluís, Menorca, this Saturday. Eldalil has achieved this recognition with his project ‘The Longing Of The Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken’, about the Bedouins of Egypt who live in invisibility, shrouded in media indifference of communication and abandoned by the State.
The jury, composed in this edition by the researcher and writer Rasha Salti, Gumersindo Lafuente, director of Opinion of elDiario.es, and photographer and director Paolo Woods was particularly impressed by the uniqueness of Rehab Eldalil’s approach. Gathered on the 12th, the members of the jury have highlighted the use of multiple expressive languages by Eldalil to inspire our imagination, combining images, texts, embroidery and multimedia to immerse the viewer in the worlds of the Bedouin community to which it says belong. Through intriguing compositions and open imagery, the viewer discovers rather than consumes the lived experience of the North Sinai Bedouin community.
Eldalil has dedicated the winning project to exploring the notion of belonging and the interconnectedness of people and land through the Saint Catherine Bedouin community in southern Sinai, Egypt, specifically with the Jebeleya tribe, which has survived centuries of wars, colonialism, drought and pandemics, and that it has played an important role in the recovery of the lands of the Egyptian Sinai. The photographer graduated from Helwan University (Cairo) with a degree in Photography in 2011 and she has further qualifications from the UK and ICP in the US. Throughout her career she has received numerous prestigious scholarships and awards.
The Albert Camus Mediterranis Prizes have the support of the writer’s family and the Camusian Studies Society and were born from an idea by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Ángel Moratinos, in addition to the Sant Lluís town hall and the sponsorship of the Tourism Promotion Foundation from Minorca.