Sunset smile - Photography


The arts can be seen as an area of social change. Photography can be witness to the transformation of a society. In a context of marginalization of the Arab world, the mass deportation of Africans and Europeans and rejection of their values, we want to change the simplistic and stereotypical representations of the peoples of the southern Mediterranean creating positive images of its members. Photographs can open existing models that help us understand the world and update their representations. The new images produced can create some alternatives to exclusion, prejudice and simplistic ideas evoked earlier.

Sunset Smile Begins with reflections on colonial cinema Between 1910-1970. The directors of these documents were produced a significant social denigrating & misrepresented representations the African, Arabic and the southern towns. These images, recorded by specialists in documentaries about wild animals, to give knowledge of distant & exotics populations. By the middle of the documentary film created to explain with scientific discourses African or Middle Eastern societies.

Often these documents were created in a propaganda view for justify colonial occupation and to conclude about the inferiority of the black man with his archaic society and the need to impose the modern models of civilized societies. There has been a significant number of these images ridiculing these societies and their members by removing their right to speak in his own name and the power to represent themselves. The colonial film has generated many mental patterns that devalue and stigmatize African and Arab populations. These representations are undervalued individuals come from these areas. The current problem is that it continues to harm individuals by the facts that these models have not been updated and return date. That is an ancient representation that does not correspond to reality and has not been updated by individuals.

That explain it seems important to generate images That Can be useful for the empowerment and the re-Appropriation of representations of an individual about their own society. Change models, updating outdated images and go beyond stereotypes and prejudices thinking.

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