Myriam Abdelaziz - Trashtails

  • St James Theatre (map)
  • 87/77 Courtney Place
  • Wellington, Wellington, 6011
  • New Zealand

Photival is proud to present 'Trashtails'.

Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 11-6pm, Sat & Sun 10-4:30pm

About the Photographer

Myriam is part of the Rawiya Collective, the first middle eastern photography collective. Their collective have been featured in Vice, Vogue and the British Journal of Photography. Myriam is from Paris, born in Cairo and works in New York City, her work has been published in Time magazine, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Liberation, Le Monde among many other publications as well as exhibiting internationally.

About the Show

Disgust, shame, anger… but above all confusion: how a population is forced to accept the unacceptable where the most repulsive situations blend into normality and the world goes blind. 

Further to the 2011 uprising in Egypt, the country drowned into a rapid and deep financial crisis that culminated by the Egyptian pound being devaluated in 2016 to half of it’s value pre 2011. 

The tourists have deserted the country, creating a huge increase of unemployment while inflation is rampant. 

The poorest are the first touched by economical crisis and in Egypt they represent 90% of the population… millions of people. As a direct result, children are dropping out of school to work and help their families while malnutrition is on the rise. 

In a decade from now, if no solution is found to get the country out of poverty, these millions of children will be uneducated, malnourished adults and will represent the new generation of Egyptians.  

This body of work is dedicated to the Egyptian youth, trapped in a huge economic crisis and an extreme social repression, growing up with no future. Please visit Myriam’s website

About the Associated Charity

The associated charity is the Small Steps Foundation.

The Small Steps Foundation is a humanitarian organisation and UK registered charity supporting children and their families on rubbish dumps. They are dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging. We aim to raise awareness, through film, of the unacceptable hardships that they face.

They deliver shoes, hygiene kits and emergency aid to protect children in the dump environment, followed by sustainable solutions to enable children to take small steps off rubbish dumps and into education.