ClaudiaWiens Claudia Wiens

Claudia Wiens is a German photographer, artist and author currently living in Seville, Spain. She lived and worked for 10 years in Egypt and seven in Turkey. She holds a Master’s degree in photo design from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany. Her work has appeared in international publications, such as GEO, Stern, New York Times Magazine and The Guardian and she works frequently for a number of organisations, including UNICEF, GIZ and Johns Hopkins. Claudia Wiens is the author of three photo books and her work is frequently featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues like the Kestner Museum (Hanover), Antikenmuseum (Basel), Kreuzbergmuseum (Berlin), HOST Gallery (London) and several Goethe Institutes. In 2013 she received the Border Crossers grant from Robert Bosch Foundation for her long term photo project “Post Revolution art and artists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya”. She also regularly teaches photography workshops.
Her expertise and knowledge, from over 17 years of living in the region and her fluency in Arabic, has allowed her to develop a style of rare intimacy and insight of Middle Eastern culture that has grown into a signature of her work.

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Libya's underground hip hop and parco...
By Claudia Wiens
05 Mar 2014

Break Dance and Parcour Underground Scene in Libya
The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. B-boy Ayashi was was one of the very first Libyans to introduce break dancing to Libya back then. Even though he is 40 years old now he is still active and gives workshops to the youth about hip hop culture. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservative powers and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. The guys meet to practice in an old basket ball hall or a public park several times a week. The parcour guys find unused sandy spaces and create their own obstacle parcour where they practice crazy somersaults and dangerous jumps.
On 7th March a big break dance festival took place in a central public space in Tripoli with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Even though there is the constant threat of some Islamic fundamentalist might turn up and violently object to young guys dancing in public to loud western hip hop music nobody let that stop them.
The one thing missing is female dancers. The guys explained that is already very difficult for them to break dance let alone having girls participating. They might dance secretely at home but it seems it is not the time yet to make a public appearance.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 1
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.
Photo Claudia Wiens.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 2
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 5
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball hall several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 4
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 3
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball hall several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 6
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
26 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. They practice wherever they find a space.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 7
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 8
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball hall several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 10
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 11
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 12
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 13
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 14
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 15
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 16
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
26 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: There is a quickly growing hip hop and parcour community. Parcouring and break dancing is a way of expression for the young people after Qaddafi's fall from power. Young guys meet at empty spaces and build up obstacles to somersault over.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 17
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: B-boy Ayashi, one of the pioneers in break dancing gives a workshop. The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 18
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 19
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 20
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 22
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 21
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 23
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 24
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 25
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
26 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: There is a quickly growing hip hop and parcour community. Parcouring and break dancing is a way of expression for the young people after Qaddafi's fall from power.

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 26
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 27
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 28
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
26 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. They practice wherever they find space. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 29
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 30
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 31
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
23 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 32
Tripoli, Geschäftsräume
By Claudia Wiens
07 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: Break Dance and parcour festival takes place in a public space with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 34
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
06 Mar 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 33
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
24 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball hall several times a week. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 35
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
26 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. They practice wherever they find space. Photo Claudia Wiens

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Libya, Tripoli Break Dance Festival 36
Tripoli
By Claudia Wiens
24 Feb 2014

LIBYA, TRIPOLI: The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now gaining new momentum since Qaddafi's death . More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservatism and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. Break dancers practice in this old basket ball court several times a week.
Photo Claudia Wiens

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
11 Sep 2013

TURKEY, ISTANBUL: The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Wall by Jorge Mendez Blake. © Claudia Wiens

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
26 Sep 2013

TURKEY, ISTANBUL: The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. © Claudia Wiens

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
26 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey. 11th September 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Video by Halil Altindere. © Claudia Wiens

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
26 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey. 11th September 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Art by Christoph Schaefer. © Claudia Wiens/

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
11 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey. 11th September 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Art by Christoph Schaefer. © Claudia Wiens