Roots Guide: Stories of the Netherlands (Independent: 2016-present)
Roots Guide: Stories of the Netherlands is an interactive multidisciplinary guidebook for social-inclusion. A travel guidebook of the Netherlands by migrants for locals. Composed of 50+ visual in-depth stories of individuals of various migration backgrounds living across the country. Roots Guide has been awarded 2019 National Geographic explorer grant. The guidebook is planned to be published early 2020.
Why I'm working on Roots Guide: I lived in the U.S for years before 9/11 but the increase of xenophobia after has forced my family and I to move back to Egypt. Going to Egypt was also a difficult transition, then the revolution happened and changed everything but barriers were created between people. I’m a Muslim North African photographer with multiple migrant and travel experiences, my work has took me to so many places around the world & exposed me to many ideologies. And I wonder what the meaning of home is, is it in places? In memories? In people? Or is it in ourselves and our stories of space & time? Roots Guide has become an inner reflective journey as I process past experiences and reflect on my search for home & belonging.
Showcased are samples from different stories in the project and some examples of dummy book and additional products.
Roots Guide: Stories of the Netherlands is in collaboration between Ingi Mehus (co-writer/storytelling coach), Daan Wurpel (co-writer/translator), Hamzah Kashash (designer), Meghann Ormond (curator) and Rehab Eldalil (photographer/visual storyteller). The project is under the legal umbrella of Stichting Pocket Stories.
Partners: The European Cultural Foundation
Roots Guide is partly sponsored by National Geographic Society