Georgina Berbari is a photographer and writer based in New York. Her work — both written and visual — explores intimate nostalgia, psychology, and the human body.
“Before this year, I had never ventured into photographing protests. I would attend, but that would be separate from my art. Now, I feel it's my duty to make a political statement with my art. To merge the two. Though, certainly my work has always been political to some extent because the human body is a political statement in itself.”
“I consider myself a photographer first and a writer second. Photography is how I can most effectively express myself and communicate with others. I have been drawing inspiration from my photos and melding it into my writing which is such a beautiful amalgamation and helps me convey potent messages about racism, mental illness, sexism, LGBTQ+ through my work. I think also that as a queer middle-eastern woman that isn't abiding by cultural norms (ie. my nude self portraits, the tattoos on my body, my refusal to perpetuate the silence that often surrounds mental illness in my culture, my focus on queerness a form of freedom... etc) I am making a statement simply by continuing to create. Hopefully this can be part of my work to heal ancestral trauma in not adhering to antediluvian traditions."
BCD: What is your favorite analog photography documentary, blog, or podcast?
“What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2005). What a genius Mann is.”
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