Photo: Mohan Dehne

Fragile Identities

Portraits of Mohan Dehne and Rula Asad

What does belonging mean when you must leave your homeland because of a war? How do you live as a refugee in a new cultural and social environment? The photographer Mohan Dehne and the journalist Rula Asad portray Syrian women and men and document their engagement with the issues of home, belonging and identity.

Mohan Dehne / Photo: Mohan Dehne

Mohan Dehne studied fine arts at the University of Damascus and fine arts, photography and media art at the Minerva Academy of Art in the Netherlands. He works as a photographer and lecturer in the Netherlands.

Rula Asad / Photo: Mohan Dehne

Rula Asad is a co-founder and managing director of the Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN), which was launched in 2012. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Damascus and has reported as a freelance journalist from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey on human rights, culture and civil society. In 2011 she took part in the CrossCulture Programme” (CCP).

The project Syrian Elsewhere” is Asad’s contribution to the CrossCulture Tour”. On the occasion of 100th anniversary of the ifa, seven former CCP fellows will tour Germany with their projects from April to October 2017. Their focus areas are politics, society, human rights, media and culture.

The exhibition Syrian Elsewhere” will be on display in Freiburg from 23 to 30 April. On 27 April, Asad, who is the curator of the exhibition, will talk on Identities in Upheaval”. Venue: Weingut und Brennerei Andreas Dilger, Freiburg