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Jan 27, 2012


Rashid Mahdi, Claude Iverné & Sudanese photographs

I’ve always had a keen interest in photography, and I first wanted to be a photo journalist. I did not become a photo journalist but I still like photography and I’ve samazed the French city of Trouville-Sur-Mer, a seaside resort and port on the English Channel (Calvados). New photos will be published soon. A few months ago I saw the exhibition dedicated to French artist, photographer and writer, Claude Cahun and I will write about this amazing artist later. More recently, I’ve seen the beautiful photographs of Rashid Mahdi and the captivating ones of French photograph Claude Iverné. My Sama-friends at the Sama Gazette already posted about this exhibition: ‘A few days ago, we went to see a collective exhibition in Paris: “Photographies soudanaises” (Sudanese photographs). The gallery Clémentine de la Féronnière brought together, thanks to the Elnour collective founded by Claude Iverné in 2003, photographs by Rashid Mahdi but also by Richard…Read more

Nov 30, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe is growing a moustache for Movember!

Earlier today, the people @SamaGazette tweeted: ‘Geez, we just realized da-eYe is growing a moustache for @Movember! Next year we’ll do it too, we are too late now… 🙂‘. da-eYe was indeed growing a moustache for Movember, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.” You can see a picture da-eYe and his moustache on his webiste. But the most interesting part of that tweet is that the Sama Team said they will grow a moustache next year. And I can’t wait to see that! 🙂

May 22, 2011

Sunday Roundup

Sunday Roundup: Abyei, WOZA, Rwanda, DSK, Cannes

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity. The UN General Assembly expressed ‘its deep concern about the continuing loss of the world’s biological diversity, and reaffirmed the commitment to the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and the appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and technologies, and by appropriate funding.’ It’s always baffling when stating the obvious seems, unfortunately,  necessary… Not a good day for the environment but neither it is for #Sudan: Northern Sudanese troops appeared to have seized the contested town of Abyei on Saturday night, a UN spokeswoman said, increasing fears of conflict as the country’s south prepares to become the world’s newest country. We can read on this article: ‘Southern Sudanese army…Read more

Jan 31, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe strikes the Wendy Brandes Pose — Literally

2011 is ‘da-year’! da-eYe is back as we can read on his website, and he wants you to know. On Dec 10th last year, the observing eye from the mid-Eighties went Barefoot Against Poverty to support the Every Human Has Rights Campaign. Now, on a totally different topic, the waggish da-eYe decided to strike the pose, the Wendy Brandes Pose to be precise. Wendy Brandes, also known as WendyB, is a talented jewelry designer, whose fine jewelry line is very popular; the Sama Gazette has mentioned her several times. And apparently, da-eYe is not insensible to Wendy’s work and charming enthusiasm. That’s why he decided (with a little help, I have to admit) to take on the challenge and to strike the famous WendyB pose. Here is his tribute: a photo of da-eYe was taken in the street, hands on hips, crossed legs.  But no red lips, no toothy smile…Read more

Jan 1, 2011


2011: blissful optimism and weariness, Twitter says!

Happy new year everyone! I guess we are going to hear those words many times again in the coming hours, days and weeks. Today is the first day of 2011 and many are already recovering from a bash that lasted until early this morning. Most of the people I know are celebrating, wishing everyone the best for the new year. Me too I hope everything will be better in 2011 but since we always hope the next year will be better than the previous one, it makes me feel a little bit desperate about how things will turn out… On December 31, 2011 we will all hope -again- than 2012 will be better than 2011. Sounds kind of crazy, isn’t it? It reminds me my post about how things are repeating themselves again and again in Darfur: when History is a never ending story… Anyway. So yesterday night, as I…Read more

Dec 20, 2010


The Sama Fraternal Society Is Yours!

This is an announcement: the Sama Fraternal Society is yours! For now almost Fifteen years on the Internet, I have been sharing with you what inspires me and my work. Some of you are visiting my websites for more than a decade and I have changed with you as we shared together our point of views and opinions. This exchange of ideas has been a real motivation to me and with the launch of the Sama Gazette in 2009, this relationship has evolved. A lot. Many of the regular readers decided to be more committed and to take action to support the causes and organizations the Sama Team mentioned on the Sama Gazette. The idea of the Sama Fraternal Society was born, as simple as that. Its creation is carried along by positive and strong momentum and today is the official announcement of its creation. You can read below a…Read more

Dec 7, 2010

Works / Projects

da-eYe will go barefoot against poverty on Dec.10, will you?

I have been supporting Every Human Has Rights Campaigns since 2008. It started with the ’60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative’ I launched on November 24, 2008. My first post about it explained why I decided to ‘go public’ by creating an original piece of art for the campaign. Six months after that, the 60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative was fulfilled. It was quite an adventure and a great experience to meet with the Paris-based representatives of the most important organizations in the world. In 2009, I wanted to celebrate International Human Rights Day with ‘ordinary’ people doing extraordinary things. We talked about Human Rights, they shared their stories and as usual when you sit down with volunteers and aid workers, you feel humble and so respectful for their dedication and commitment. A great lesson of courage and a very enriching afternoon with people from all walks…Read more

Oct 4, 2010


Seahawks: ‘Exploring The Galaxy’ by Pete Fowler, Jon Tye

On this sunny Sunday afternoon, I was in the mood to listen to some relaxing music. The kind of music you can listen to all day long. My friends at The Sama Gazette sent me an email the day before about Seahawks Friday Download 18, a 62 minutes mix by Jon ‘The Captain’ Tye titled ‘Exploring The Galaxy‘. Quite an adventure, right? If you don’t know what this is about, here is a quick explanation. Seahawks is the music project by Artist Pete Fowler and Jon Tye described as follows: ‘Seahawks have been on the waves since 2009, cooking up their catches, beach combing for discarded, unwanted and buried treasures. Sometimes too covered in thick tar for most to notice. Psychedelic yacht rock, hazy beach pop vibrations and marina drone are all ports of call’. This is exactly the music I needed, thank you! I know Pete Fowler’s work (illustrations,…Read more

Sep 19, 2010


Half the Sky: Moving Individual Stories To Engage People

Last week I met with friends to discuss Half the Sky, by Pulitzer-prize winning American journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I mentioned the book for the first time in International Women’s Day: Ordinary Extraordinary Women and since then, many people I know decided to buy the book, whether it is the English or the French edition (published in France in April 2010 by Les Arènes). I also received several emails from people who read my post (on this blog or on the Sama Gazette) who wanted to share with me their opinion. So I decided to organize a meeting with friends and acquaintances to know more about what they thought of the book and it was enriching. Let me first quickly introduce Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. It is a great book about the reality many women in the world are facing everyday. It…Read more

Aug 11, 2010


The Sama Gazette celebrates its first year anniversary

The Sama Gazette is online for a year, and it has been a wonderful experience so far. The small team behind the Sama Team is doing an amazing job and I am proud to be one of its members. We receive many emails from many different people and different places, telling us about their interest in what we do, the topics we talk about, the campaigns we support… The Sama Gazette is an ‘extended expression of the original World of Sama spirit’ (paraphrasing Bruno Racine about Centre Pompidou-Metz). The editorial content is produced independently and selected by a core of enthusiasts and committed people. It is independent of any sponsor or advertiser; ‘We talk about what we want, when we want’ says the Sama Team. I don’t have much to add to the great post they published: The Sama Gazette: First Anniversary!. But maybe a hint about the major announcements…Read more

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