Zeest Marrium began taking photographs, at the age of 14. After graduating from Nixor College in Karachi, Pakistan, she moved to Qatar. She is currently a senior at Northwestern University in Doha, studying for a BSc in communication and with minors in anthropology and Middle East studies. An emerging new media artist, Zeest uses photography, graphic and video art installation to explore issues of empowerment and displacement.
Mohamed Badarne is a photographer, trainer, and activist. Born in the Palestinian village of Arraba in the Galilee, he got involved in social activism as a teenager. He volunteered in refugee camps and built a human rights movement for Palestinian youths. Until 2012, he earned his living as a high school teacher and NGO worker. Since then he has dedicated his career to photography and teaching photography. He leads workshops in cooperation with NGOs, community centers, and independent groups. For his own photographic work he received grants from renowned art foundations, and his projects “Come Back Safely” and “Unrecognized Games” were exhibited in such diverse venues as Darat al Funun Art Gallery in Amman, the Fusion Festival, the European Center for Constitutional Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva and the UN Headquarters in New York.His work is included in the collections of the Khalid Shuman Foundation as well as of the ILO and private art collectors. As a curator, he was responsible for “People of the Sea,” the opening exhibition of Qalandia International art festival in 2016. “Forgotten Team” was first exhibited at the Oyoun Cultural Center in Berlin in June 2022.