The internationally renowned photojournalist and Filmmaker is in Mexico for a two week photographic tour; His documentary inspired by the life of Aziza, a carpet weaver based in Hunza, Pakistan; titled “Lady of the Emerald Scarf” was screened on Saturday 23rd of November at Huizache Arte vivo de Oaxaca along with a Q&A session with the visitors.
Along with the film screening, Mobeen will also be photographing CDMX (Mexico City), Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Hierveelagua- Oaxaca; focusing primarily on cityscapes and archaeological zones but also capturing portraits of locals in each of the cities. He has a keen interest in documenting the extraordinary landscapes of Mexico; he was in the country just last year for an Artist talk and a Book Launch of “White in the Flag” at Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca city and planned to return to capture more sights and sounds of the Country.
“I have always been given a very warm welcome by the locals and it’s a pleasure to be back in this beautiful Country! I’m inspired by the vast history and archaeological richness of its landscape & diversity. I’ve spent most of my life photographing rustic beauty and in today’s world that is very rare to find. Mexico is that rare place, and its juxtaposition of colors is amazing. During this trip I will be exploring urban and street photography in Mexico City, Guanajuato and Oaxaca, along with meeting local photographers, one of whom I have been following on social media for almost 10 years ” says Mobeen Ansari
Mobeen’s extensive body of work has been globally acknowledge and showcased in several countries, including Canada, China, Italy, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Switzerland, United States and the United Arab Emirates.
About Mobeen Ansari:
Mobeen Ansari is a photographer, filmmaker, artist & trekker based in Islamabad, Pakistan. After attaining his BFA degree from National College of Arts, he started working in the field, telling stories of Pakistan & its people, promoting a positive & poetic image of his country through his photos & movies. Mobeen has published two photography books. His first one, ‘Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation’, features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan from all walks of life. His second book, called ‘White in the Flag’ is based on lives & festivities of religious minorities of Pakistan. His two films include ‘Hellhole”, which is a black and white short film, based on the life of a sanitation worker, and ‘Lady of the Emerald Scarf based on the life of Aziza, a carpet maker in Hunza. Mobeen has been part of numerous campaigns and non-profit projects; for the past two years he has actively captured the efforts of heroic health workers to support the polio eradication campaign in Pakistan.
Mobeen’s Ted Talks:
2014 (TEDxKarachi) https://vimeo.com/108273662
2017 (TEDxKinnaird) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXF46zUBafE
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