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Wesaam Al-Badry

Wesaam Al-Badry

Class of 2020

Wesaam Al-Badry was born in Nasiriyah, Iraq.  When Al-Badry was seven years old, at the outset of what became known as the Gulf War, Al-Badry’s mother fled on foot with her five children, including his three-day-old sister, as artillery shells fell around them. After hiking all night, sometimes through knee-deep mud, they arrived at a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia.

In late 1994, Al-Badry and his family were relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska after spending four-and-a-half years in a refugee camp. As a young man growing up in middle America, Al-Badry fiercely felt the disconnect between his experiences in Iraq and the refugee camps and his new home.

Bearing witness to the aftermath of the Iraq-Iran war that shaped the contemporary human condition into one of paranoia and distrust and his first-hand experiences living through Desert Storm and in a refugee camp has sculpted Al-Badry’s work, which focuses on capturing the dispossessed, and ultimately, human dignity.

While his work focuses on photo reportage and documentary, Al-Badry also creates multimedia art that challenges and investigates social norms and representation, The Iraqi diaspora and textile. He is represented by Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Al-Badry currently resides in Berkeley.

EDUCATION

  • BFA in photography: San Francisco Art Institute. 2018

AWARDS & HONORS

  • John Collier Documentary Award 2016
    SFAI Annual Photography Award 2018

MEDIA PLATFORMS

New Media, Photojournalism