I MATTER is a selection of photographs by CASE photographers.
Chosen images are only available for purchase through CASE. All proceeds will directly support the ongoing exhibition, I MATTER.
Hayat, 8 yrs old, 2014
Muhammed Muheisen [b. 1981, Jerusalem, Israel] is a world-renowned photographer, who is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, National Geographic Photographer, founder of the Everyday Refugees Foundation, Global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian Airlines, and Canon. His work focuses on children and the joys they find in some of the harshest conditions in refugee camps. Regardless of circumstances, children still retain hope, which can be seen in how they play and laugh. Two of these children include 7-year-old Syrian Zahra Mahmoud from Deir ez-Zor, who posed for a picture at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan; and 8-year-old Afghan Hayat Khan, who posed for a picture while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
The recent numbers of refugees fleeing their homelands has created an enormous humanitarian crisis that has become politicized, as countries seek to close borders denying access to people forced to flee their homelands due to violence. Caught in the middle of this awful reality are the parents who make the unimaginable choice to send their children away, in the hopes of a better life. Often they are sent to orphanages, where there is a chance for an education, food and shelter. Other times, they are sent alone to a foreign land, in the hopes that a country will shelter them. I MATTER is CASE Art Funds response to this crisis.