Bedouin reside in every principal country in the region.
Unlike most indigenous tribes who eventually get displaced by immigrants, the Bedouin represent the common heritage of the Arab people. By understanding their history and culture, we can better understand the middle east, overall. The knowledge, wisdom and history that is at risk forms the historical foundation of all Arab people’s.
The Bedu have maintained a quasi nomadic quasi sedentary existence for centuries living in equilibrium with their surroundings, integrating into their host countries while never losing their own identity. By safeguarding their traditions and unique knowledge, we can provide valuable insight for a world trapped iby unsustainable development and globalization.
Most importantly, Bedu throughout the Middle East face the loss of their intangible cultural heritage due to political forces, modernization, mass tourism, displacement, war, and generational changes. By working with the Bedu to value and protect this culture, we can ensure that bedouin children for generations to come will have access to their own heritage in the manner it was meant to be transmitted.
- “Florence Art Festical” collective show, Selected Contributor, Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, October 2012
- “Il Nuovo Nuovo Mondo” multimedia exhibit and concert, Organizer & Principal Artist, in collaboration with the Comune of Florence and the Uffizi Museum, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, June 2012
- “Bedouin Aid Benefit Concert”, Organizer & Principal Artist, in collaboration with the Comune of Florence, Firenze, January 2011
- “Anch’Io Sono Beduino”, Photographic exhibit, Bedouin Heritage Project, Firenze, November 2010
- “A Year of Blues / Un Anno del Blues” photographic exhibit and concert, Firenze, October 2010
- ”Being Bedouin, the Bedu of Wadi Rum”, National Geographic Flagship Store, London, UK, November 2009
- Finalist, Premiofotografico 2009. Associazione di Fotografi Professionisti, Milano, November 2009
- Featured exhibit, “Down and out in Madrid”, SocialDocumentary.net, USA, Settember 2009
- “UNESCO & the Bedouin Heritage Project”, TheDarkroom Academy, Firenze, April 2009
- 3rd Place, Future of Journalism Competition, Publish 2.0, USA, February 2009
- Featured Professional, Premiofotografico 2008. Associazione di Fotografi Professionisti, Milano, November 2008
- Peace Prize, “My Enemy My Brother”, Regione di Puglia, Andria, July 2007
How do you capture the entire character of a culture that has no written record, has lived for centuries in relative isolation and exists in complete harmony with one of the world’s most extreme environments?
The Bedu of Wadi Rum have preserved specific knowledge related to the flora and fauna of the area, traditional medicine, camel husbandry, tent-making craftsmanship, tracking and climbing skills. The Bedu have an extensive knowledge of their environment and a complex moral and social code, all of which is expressed and transmitted orally. Their rich mythology is manifested in various forms of oral expression, comprising poetry, folktales and songs that are closely linked to particular places and the history of these communities.
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