Fardosa Hussein

Somalia

When she began taking photographs on the streets of Somalia, Fardosa Hussein experienced firsthand the negative treatment women can face when pursuing something creative. But instead of letting that put her off, the Somali Kenyan photographer is using her work to empower not only herself, but the women around her. Fardosa not only aspires to disrupt preconceived narratives about women, but also about Somalia. With so many platforms and outlets presenting the country as stricken by poverty, hunger, and war, her work shows the reality of Somalia on a day-to-day basis—whether that’s young girls playing football or a family day out to the beach.

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I’ve always felt invisible as a woman myself, and my art is a reaction to this. In elevating and empowering them, I feel like I’m also empowering myself.