+April 24, 2019
The idea of survival is a persistent statement in my projects; the struggle for belonging, to attach and detach, life as a constant transformation between its won contradictions.
In her work, Gihan Tubbeh photographs emotions and the human experience with a special interest in universal themes such as birth and death, desire, love, pain and ideas of loss or impossible returns. Her exploration starts from the documentary, as she alters reality with fiction and autobiography. Her photographs tend to be raw and blurred look, questioning the reality of our world.
Gihan’s work focuses on universal human feelings, on those inherited and deep-rooted instincts, finding beauty where apparently there is none.
I photograph intuitively, finding beauty in the accident and resource in the error, looking for images to invent more questions than answers. The lack of visual information makes us reevaluate our perceptions of reality, turning those indefinite images into emotional landscapes, a transformation of the physical into the psychological.
Born in Lima, Peru, she was awarded 1st prize in the Daily Life stories of the World Press Photo competition in 2010. She made a story about a boy who at the age of three, who was diagnosed with autism. Gihan states that he changed her life, and that his internal universe and the mystery in his fixations enchanted her to the point of feeling intrigued by looking at the world through a window, like him. That same year, she was selected to join Reflexions Masterclass focused on photography and visual arts. In 2011, Gihan was chosen as Photographer of the Year of the Pictures of the Year International (POYI) LAT.