Abdo Shanan

Artist Name: Abdo Shanan

Date and Place of Birth: 14/08/1982 Oran, Algeria.

Education and training:

Bachelor’s Degree in Telecom Engineering, Sirt University, Libya 2006.
Workshop with Bruno BOUDJELAL at Villa Abdellateef. Algiers, Algeria 2015.
Mentorship during ADPP (Arab Documentary Photography Program) program with Peter Van Agtmael 2018-2019.
Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo. Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019.


Freelance photographer 2016-
Co-editor for photography page on 2020-    .
Co-curator for «Narratives from Algerie» at Photo Forum Pasquart, Bienne-Switzerland 2020.



Solo exhibition “Train of Thoughts” at Bibliotheque des Soeurs. Oran,Algeria. 2013.
Group exhibition ‘Algérie… Regard architectural’, Institut Français. Tlemcen, Algeria, 2012.
Group exhibition 5th edition of Salon d’Automne. Algiers, Algeria. 2012.
Group exhibition 3rd edition of Mediterranean biennale of contemporary Art. Oran-Algeria, 2014
“Train of Thoughts” in la Nuit Blanche at Institut Français, Oran, Algeria. 2013.
Group exhibition with Collective 220 at Sylabs. Algiers, Algeria. 2016.
Group exhibition at Addis Fotofest. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2016.
Group exhibition at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. New York, USA. 2017.
Group exhibition “Iqbal” at Algerian Museum of Modern Art. Algiers, Algeria.2017.
Group exhibition “Iqbal” at Cite Internationale des Arts. Paris,France. 2017.
“Swab” Art Fair, Barcelona, October 2017.
Group exhibition “Imaginary island” in Festival International de Photographie et D’arts Visuels. Kerkennah, Tunisia. 2018.
Group exhibition “The way we live now” at Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York, USA. 2018.
Group exhibition “Dzaïr f’Casa” at L’uzine. Casa Blanca, Morocco. 2018.
Group exhibition at Addis Fotofest. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2018.
Group exhibition Joop Swart Masterclass exhibition at World Press Photo office. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2019.

Group exhibition with Collective 220 at Bamako Encounters, Mali. 2019.
Group exhibition “All What I Want is Life” at gulf Photo Plus. Dubai, UEA. 2020.

Group exhibition “Vantage Point Sharjah 8” at Sharjah Art Foundation, UEA. 2020.

Group exhibition 7×7 at  Middle East now film festival. Firenze, Italy. 2020.


“Train of Thoughts” at Private Magazine 2014.
‘Oran blessée’ , Sonia Terrab, Rukh, n° 1, Paris, June 2012.
“A Black Panther Guide to Algiers” at Roads & Kingdoms Magazine 2013.
“Diary: Exile” at Private Magazine 2016.
“Diary: Exile” In New York Times article “Looking at new generation of African photographers” 2017.
“Diary: Exile” in Aperture Magazine #227 ‘African Platform’ 2017.
“Diary: Exile” in Something we African got Magazine, 2016.
Esprit Bavard , 2017.
In VICE article “Instagram’s Boundary-Pushing Documentary Photographers” 2018.
In Aperture Foundation blog «12 Photographers on How to Survive the Lockdown» 2020.

Awards , Grants and Nominations:

Nomination Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund 2015
Winner MAP Festival 2017.
Winner The CAP(Contemporary African Photography) Prize 2019.
ADPP Grant recipient from AFAC and Magnum Foundation.

Visual Arts grant from AFAC (Arab Culture Funds) 2020.

Winner Albert Camus Incipiens 2020.




Cyrus Karibu: Slay Queen (2018).
Photo: SMAC Gallery.

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