|Full name||Mark Abouzeid|
Combining years of experience in the field as an award winning professional, Abouzeid specializes in promoting "that which binds us as human beings and how we express this through our own culture" || SPECIAL FOCUS AREAS | Intangible Cultural Heritage | Social Development | Cultural Integration | Human Rights | Economic Sustainability | Oral History | Social Documentary || REPRESENTATIVE INSTITUTIONS | Commune di Firenze | Polo Museale di Firenze | Accademia della Crusca | Fondazione Sistema Toscana | UNESCO | Belgian Ministry of Culture | AssistAmerica | Royal Jordanian | Italia Kuwait Association | Sentor Robbie Puno | HRH Prince of Seborga | Operafestival Firenze | Tokkai Cultural Association | Muscat International Folklore Festival | The European Commission | Museu de Valencia d'Entologia | Museu Maritima | Camille Stone Design | Pitti Immagine
|Editorial work||News writing, Features writing, Picture editing, Photography, Radio, Video|
|Last updated||01-07-2014 11:20|
Mark Abouzeid is an award winning freelance visual journalist & storyteller based in Florence, Italy. Over his career that spans more than 15 years of adventure, expedition and cultural anthropology projects, Abouzeid has specialized in projects relating to oral traditions, living culture and intangible heritage of peoples around the world including Jordanian Bedouin, Omani Dhow Artisans, Ghanese Kente Weavers, Nigerian Baobab Carvers, Moroccan Berbers, Senagalese tribesmen, Tunisian Octopus Fisherman and many others.
Abouzeid has recently returned from work around the Mediterranean capturing the oral histories of the sea faring cultures as part of the OralMed Project. Through first person video interviews, photo reportage and visual storytelling; the project seeks to document visually and orally traditional fishing practices and cultures as well as the current state of the Mediterranean marine communities. The Museums of Valencia and Barcelona will present multiple media exhibits, including objects and materials, from the work and all archives will be permanently housed in the EU Maritime Museum in Marseille.
His years of experience in the field, often under extreme conditions, allows him to build compelling features and documentaries based upon his creative, sensual and bold imagery. Abouzeid is, currently, the Director of ‘The Plein Air Apprentice’, an upcoming travel and culture webtv series. Filming for the series took place in Beirut and Palestine from December 2013 to January 2014.
Gifted with a natural curiosity into the human condition and the diversity of our cultures, Abouzeid lives in the communities he captures…he works with them…cooks with them…and plays with them.
“After a while, I become invisible to my subjects. The camera disappears, even when it is right in front of their faces, and they go on about their lives as they would normally. This is the only way to capture the true nature of oral societies and traditional cultures, as they unfold naturally. Anything else, would be a staged performance without true context.” Mark Abouzeid, 2013
Abouzeid’s fine art collections have been or are currently exhibited in numerous museums including Palazzo Vecchio, Accademia della Crusca, Museu de Valencia d’Etnologia, Pitti Uomo, Bedouin Heritage Foundation and Museu Maritima, Barcelona. His works have been purchased by galleries and private collectors in the US, Europe and Asia.