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As It May Be

Available in 3 languages:

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

At the height of the Arab Spring, in 2011, I traveled to Egypt for the first time. I tried to win the trust of people in a place where private lives are often screened from view. Places where I spend the night are decided by chance encounters. Each night I look for another family willing to host me. Women, their husbands and children shared their daily life, their food and even their bed with me. I return seven more times but taking photographs is becoming increasingly problematic. Suspicion of outsiders has rapidly grown in the aftermath of the revolution.

In 2016, I make a dummy of my book and, during the process, become very aware of my role in this story. Despite my engagement, am I just another Western visitor that has arrived to take pictures of the other? I postpone the publication of my book and decide to return one last time to try and capture the complex nature of the region. I travel through the country and asks Egyptian people whom I had not photographed for their views. The result is a written dialogue between Egyptians from diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds. They write in Arabic directly onto the images in the dummy. People who would never allow themselves to be photographed are thus also given a voice. The layered conversations cover topics such as the role of the image, religion, politics and the social fabric.

As it may be is co-published by Aperture and Hannibal.
The French edition ‘Mumkin: es-ce possible?’ is published by Editions Xavier Barral.

Each time when I exhibit the work I produce an exaxt empty copy of the original dummy
that I brought with me to Egypt. I invite the audience to add their voice to the conversation.

English edition
Languages: Arabic / English

Publisher: Aperture
Publication Year: 2017
Book design: Mevis & Van Deursen
Hardcover
Pages: 60 (image book) + 64 (text book)
Size: 28 x 26,5 cm
ISBN: 978-1-59711-440-0
Text by Ruth Vandewalle

Book signed by Bieke Depoorter.

At the height of the Arab Spring, in 2011, I traveled to Egypt for the first time. I tried to win the trust of people in a place where private lives are often screened from view. Places where I spend the night are decided by chance encounters. Each night I look for another family willing to host me. Women, their husbands and children shared their daily life, their food and even their bed with me. I return seven more times but taking photographs is becoming increasingly problematic. Suspicion of outsiders has rapidly grown in the aftermath of the revolution.

In 2016, I make a dummy of my book and, during the process, become very aware of my role in this story. Despite my engagement, am I just another Western visitor that has arrived to take pictures of the other? I postpone the publication of my book and decide to return one last time to try and capture the complex nature of the region. I travel through the country and asks Egyptian people whom I had not photographed for their views. The result is a written dialogue between Egyptians from diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds. They write in Arabic directly onto the images in the dummy. People who would never allow themselves to be photographed are thus also given a voice. The layered conversations cover topics such as the role of the image, religion, politics and the social fabric.

As it may be is co-published by Aperture and Hannibal.
The French edition ‘Mumkin: es-ce possible?’ is published by Editions Xavier Barral.

Each time when I exhibit the work I produce an exaxt empty copy of the original dummy
that I brought with me to Egypt. I invite the audience to add their voice to the conversation.

Dutch edition
Languages: Arabic / Dutch

Publisher: Hannibal Publishing
Publication Year: 2017
Book design: Mevis & Van Deursen
Hardcover
Pages: 60 (image book) + 64 (text book)
Size: 28 x 26,5 cm
ISBN: 978 94 9267 717 4
Text by Ruth Vandewalle

Book signed by Bieke Depoorter.

At the height of the Arab Spring, in 2011, I traveled to Egypt for the first time. I tried to win the trust of people in a place where private lives are often screened from view. Places where I spend the night are decided by chance encounters. Each night I look for another family willing to host me. Women, their husbands and children shared their daily life, their food and even their bed with me. I return seven more times but taking photographs is becoming increasingly problematic. Suspicion of outsiders has rapidly grown in the aftermath of the revolution.

In 2016, I make a dummy of my book and, during the process, become very aware of my role in this story. Despite my engagement, am I just another Western visitor that has arrived to take pictures of the other? I postpone the publication of my book and decide to return one last time to try and capture the complex nature of the region. I travel through the country and asks Egyptian people whom I had not photographed for their views. The result is a written dialogue between Egyptians from diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds. They write in Arabic directly onto the images in the dummy. People who would never allow themselves to be photographed are thus also given a voice. The layered conversations cover topics such as the role of the image, religion, politics and the social fabric.

As it may be is co-published by Aperture and Hannibal.
The French edition ‘Mumkin: es-ce possible?’ is published by Editions Xavier Barral.

Each time when I exhibit the work I produce an exaxt empty copy of the original dummy
that I brought with me to Egypt. I invite the audience to add their voice to the conversation.

French edition (Mumkin – Est-ce possible?)
Languages: Arabic / French

Publisher: Éditions Xavier Barral
Publication Year: 2017
Book design: Mevis & Van Deursen
Hardcover
Pages: 60 (image book) + 64 (text book)
Size: 28 x 26,5 cm
ISBN: 978-2-36511-164-5
Text by Ruth Vandewalle

Book signed by Bieke Depoorter.

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