Yara Hindawi, a graffiti artist from Amman, often draws ghosts in the city with her tag “Yaratun”. These ghosts have different face expressions and feelings but not a political meaning in her views, here at Rainbow street, Jabal Amman. From the series "Female Artists in Jordan".
My name is Alessio Mamo (@alessio_mamo) an Italian freelance photographer based in Catania, Sicily. In 2008 I began my career in photojournalism focusing on contemporary social, political and economic issues. I extensively cover issues related to refugee displacement and migration starting in Sicily, and extending most recently to the Middle East. I was awarded 2nd prize in the People Singles category of #WPPh2018 and this week I’m taking over World Press Photo's Instagram account.
Women artists in Jordan feed the cultural life in the capital Amman with their creative initiatives and independent art spaces. Through their art projects and cultural practices, they have created platforms within which traditional gender roles are challenged and reimagined against a mostly conservative patriarchal society. While neighboring countries are burning in turmoil and crisis, the so-called “Kingdom of Peace” lives in a precarious stability in which the arts scene is growing. In this context, women artists engage with the visual arts in informal domains rather than in institutionalized contexts which are mostly “male-dominated”. This photo portraits series follows the women artists’ itineraries, performed spaces, collective practices, urban personal stories and individual or common artworks. It captures their projected artistic personas which are being influenced and are in turn influencing the rapidly modernizing society they occupy.