About the project
"Life after Daesh" was a documentary photography project that started in october 2016 in Northern Iraq. "Daesh" is an acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Essentially, it's another word for ISIS. The word Daesh is similar to the Arabic word "Daes" thats means "one who crushes something underfoot".
There was a life before Daesh and there is a life after Daesh, but it's not the same life.
The project will hopefully result in an exhibition during 2018.
The project "Life after Daesh" was a documentary photography project that aims to, from a humanitarian perspective, depict effects and life in the shadow of the on going armed conflict in the Mosul area in northern Iraq.
The first photos was taken in the area in the end of october 2016, 7 days after the start of the Mosul offensive where a coalition including Iraqi Army, Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni militia, Shia militia and Christian Assyrian militia fights together to retake Daesh (ISIS) controlled areas in northern Iraq.
The photos in this video are from late december 2016 and shows the situation in the outskirts (Bashiqa, Qaraqosh and Bazgertan area) East of Mosul.
For the photographer, there is always a context, a before and an after that specific moment the picture was taken. One can argue that a picture tells a story by it's own and sometimes it is fully sufficient and correct, but sometimes it adds value to that story if the context is expressed with words.