“I Have Been Here Before” (2018 – ongoing) is an attempt to mend the distance between the past and the present. When faced with the decision to leave, home is no longer a tangible space but a notion that moves back and forth between the present and the past, and between personal and inherent memory.
Living between Egypt and Turkey, I felt little connection to my roots, until I learned about the displacement of my ancestor, Ali Pasha Hilmi, from the Caucasus.
Dania Hany born in 1995 in Cairo, Egypt is a photographer/visual storyteller based between Egypt and Turkey. Driven by a curiosity to learn more about her family history that extends to the mountains of the Caucasus; her work relies on using the personal as a primary subject matter. Working primarily with analog and secondly with digital for commissions, the camera is her medium to document places and people in relation to their surroundings.
Her work has been published in online magazines and blogs such as iGNANT and World Press Photo’s Witness and exhibited in Cairo at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo Photo Week, Rome at LoosenArt Gallery, Stockholm as part of Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair and Zalenieki, Latvia at the International Summer School of Photography.