SEVENTH WINNER OF RPS GRANT – LAURA EL-TANTAWY
After much consideration, we are pleased to announce that a proposal submitted by Laura El-Tantawy has been selected as a grantee of Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant (2014 June deadline proposals reviewed by Enricoo Bossan, Hannamari Shakya, Peggy Sue Amison, Marie Lelievre and Svetlana Bachevanova). We are now scheduling her exhibition in January 2015. We will keep you updated with more details soon.
I’LL DIE FOR YOU: exploring the intimate bond between man & land
This project was born in 2010 after I came across an article on farmer suicides in India. It affected me deeply. Maybe because my own grandfather was a farmer or because I had been to India & struggled to understand death, particularly suicide, in a country where I felt people worked hard to survive in order to avert death. My intention is to show the intimate bond between man & land by focusing on farmers & the natural elements that make their survival & livelihood possible as well as impossible.
Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt & the US. In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism & political science.
Reviewers: Enrico Bossan, Peggy Sue Amison, Marie Lelievre, Hannamari Shakya and Svetlana Bachevanova.