B. 1981, Pau, France. Currently based in Barcelona

I studied linguistics at the University Paul Valery, Montpellier, but went to work as an accountant upon graduation. In 2014, after 9 years in accounting, I decided to radically change my life and left my job and went into the arts, combining my two passions, communication and visual documentary practise. I’m deeply interested in people and the human condition and I like to work in collaboration with my subjects, allowing them room to develop their own artistic capabilities and express themselves directly. I use the visual medium to engage with the world and to push for more critical thinking. Most of my work to date has focused on migration and refugee issues. In 2015, I co-founded the Jungleye association which engages communities through participatory practice with photography. I combine teaching with the association in different contexts, with my own photography and film projects. I have published work in the European press and internationally, and my work has been exhibited in both collective and solo exhibitions.

Awards & Grants

          2015. De Hierro Calendar project – Selected Prix ANI-PixPalace at Visa Pour L´Image. Perpignan, France
          2016. De Hierro Calendar project – Finalist DOCfield Dummy Award Fundació Banc Sabadell, Spain
          2016 – 2017. Transit Tales, participatory photography project – Granted Erasmus+ (European Commission), Fellowship, France, Spain, Germany, Brussels.
          2018. Password:Fajara Short Movie – Awarded at the category Best National Documentary Short Movie in “Piélagos en corto” International Short Movie Festival, Spain
          2018. Password:Fajara Short Movie – Granted at ShortCat Fellowship, Spain
          2018. Password:Fajara Short Movie – Nominee at Award “Visa de l’ information Numérique”, International Festival of Photojournalism , France
          2019. Nominated to the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Academy.
          2019. Password:Fajara Short Movie – Awarded at the category Audience Prize at the Festival International de Cinema Etnográfico do Museo do Pobo Galego, Spain.
          2019. Password:Fajara Short Movie – Awarded First Prize at the category multimedia at the POY LATAM,Columbia
          2019. El Selfie de les migracions Short Movie – Granted at Devreporter, Spain

 

Exhibitions & Projections

2017.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, World premiere  Film Festival DOK Leipzig – International Short Film Competition, Germany
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at the National Documentary category at the International Film Festival FICPI (Pielagos en Corto), Spain
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at the Busan International Short Film Festival International Competition, Corea
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at Alcances Documentary cinema Festival of Cadiz Festival Shortfilm competition, Spain
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Projected at the Cairo International Women Film festival, Egypt
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Projected at the FICG Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection  at the 29th Aguilar del campo Short Movie Festival, Spain
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at the Mostra Internacional Films de Dones, Spain
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Documented and projected at the Short Film Corner, organized by Cannes Festival, France
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at the Vancouver Internacional Film Festival ( North American premiere), Canada
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at Astra Film Festival, Roumanie
2018.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Projected at the sección Hall Selecciona, Festival L’ Alternativa, Spain
2018.   Collective exhibition “Family portraits”, Docfield Festival Barcelona, Spain
2019.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Candidate to the Premis Gaudi, Spain
2019.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Candidate to the Premios Forqué, Spain
2019.   Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection (Password:Fajara Short Movie) at 14ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnográfico do Museo do Pobo, Spain.
2019.   Exhibition & Password:Fajara Short Movie to be projected at Festival Artistic ” La saveur de l’ autre “, France 
2019.   Exhibition at Festival of photography Enfocats, Spain
2019.   Exhibition Jungleye at the Centre Georges Pompidou ( Upcoming )

Talks

2016.   Seminary “Representations and migrations”, organized by The Association National of Iconographers of France, Paris, France
2019.   Seminary “From the field to the development of gendered knowledge” , in collaboration with theThe French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS),Université de Paris VIII, France

Available for assignments & workshops in all over the world.

You can reach me by
Phone: +34 692289641
Skype: severine.sajous
E-mail: severine.sajous[at]gmail.com

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