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

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 practices. 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. I am member of Women Photograph

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. #Boza Short Movie – Granted at Devreporter, Spain
2019. Selected to the 2019 Nikon-NOOR Masterclass, NOOR Academy
2020. Selected to the New York Portfolio Review
2020. Nominated to the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Academy
2020. Grans project granted to the annual artistic residency, Konvent Centre of arts, Spain
2021. Maria, a love story – Awarded First Prize at the category Nuestra Mirada at the POY LATAM,Colombia
2021. Kitchen Open: Los imaginarios comestibles – Granted at Resident researcher and artist scholarship program – UNICAMP / BANCO SANTANDER, Brazil
2021. Lourdes United, awarded for the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
2021. Où est Steve? – Granted at Les résidences à la table, Le lieu Unique Scène nationale, France
2021. #boza – Award of merit at The Impact DOCS Awards, USA
 

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 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, France
2019. Collective exhibition “One More”at XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, Brazil
2019. Password:Fajara Short Movie, Projected at Bogota Short Film Festival, Colombia
2019. Password:Fajara Short Movie, Official selection at V Festival Internacional de Cine Cinespacio, Colombia
2020. Password:Fajara Short Movie, Projected at Festival Hors piste, Centre Georges Pompidou, France
2020. Exhibition Jungleye at Festival Fotolimo, Spain
2020. Collective exhibition at Festival Necessari #FotoPeriodismeNarratiu, Spain
2020. Exhibition Grans Avià, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Demetera international film festival, France
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Cecehachero International Film Festival, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Festival de Málaga, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the San Giò Verona Video Festival, Italia
2021. #boza, Official selection at the El Festival Internacional Cine en la Isla FECISLA, Colombia
2021. #boza, Official selection at the certamen Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cerdanya, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the The 21st Seoul International Alt Cinema & Media Festival, South Korea
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Social and Economic Justice Film Festival, USA
2021. #boza, Official selection at the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films, Bulgaria
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Puerto Madryn- MAFICI, Argentina
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Festival Internacional de Cine Invisible Film Sozialak, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, Spain
2021. #boza, Official selection at the Primed, International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary film and reportage, France

 

Available for assignments & workshops in all over the world.

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Phone: +34 692289641
Skype: severine.sajous
E-mail: severine.sajous[at]gmail.com

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