in conversation with Rawiya at the Delfina Foundation

  As part of the parallel activities of the Collectives Encounter, I will be in conversation with Rawiya Collective at the Delfina Foundation on Monday 7th at 7pm. Rawiya’s members Dalia Khamissy, Tanya Habjouqa and Tamara Abdul Hadi will discuss the benefit of working collectively and will present their personal work. Rawiya’s members have been … Continue reading

Newsha Tavakolian/Rawiya at Prince Claus tonight

Transit Tehran, an Evening about Contemporary Iranian Photography The Prince Claus Fund and De Nieuwe Kerk organise an evening about contemporary Iranian photography that features guest speaker Malu Halasa and photographer Newsha Tavakolian, who was named Best Young Photographer of 2006 by National Geographic. Please read more here the Rawiyas.

Rawiya’s video

Format11 will showcase collectives’ slideshows  during the launch party on the 3rd March from 9pm. Come along and celebrate with us! you can book here.   Herewith ours:

First Obstacle : CROSSED

At Rawiya we wanted to celebrate with you all, the first obstacle being crossed. One of the Rawiyas got her visa to the UK today. So she is (hmm hmm) on a business visa now and is ready for business with the others     AND FOR THE CELEBRATION   There is still one last … Continue reading

Identity Politics & Flaneurie

  Living in the Middle East can feel as if a hard news cycle dominates your life. For weeks, Middle Easterners were glued to their television sets–a virtual marriage to al Jazeera, riveted by the Egyptian struggle. Because of my new pregnancy I could not go to Egypt–as much as it killed me inside not … Continue reading


With a two months old baby on my left, the Egyptian revolution on al-Jazeera on my right, and the laundry to be folded in front of me, I’m still trying to discover the best way of flaneurism???    

from the Middle East to the UK

Rawiya’s members are getting ready for the 2nd Collectives Encounter at Format11. We are sorry for silence but our region is going through a radical change and we are all mesmerised in front of TV, watching news and trying hard not to bite our nails!! Being non UK nationals, most of us had to apply … Continue reading

what we are doing when we are not a ‘we’

the Collectives Encounter is meant to behave like a monster collective when we are in Derby in March. this is a bit what should happen here on the blog in this last month of preparation of the exhibition. while the beast is asleep, we all are juggling with other ongoing projects or commitments and it … Continue reading


Rawiya is collectively excited to join in the brainstorming with so many diverse and creative photographers. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves…. Rawiya presents an insider’s view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’, … Continue reading