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To fundraise for Maha Alasaker's first Photobook about Women of Kuwait.
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About the book "Women of Kuwait"

In this book, I am trying to create a visual reference for anyone who asks me about  Kuwaiti  women.  I have collaborated with the writer Nada Faris,and the book will be published by Daylight Books.

Since moving to New York from Kuwait I have learned that the everyday American has no conception of what daily life is like for women in modern-day Kuwait. Seeking to address this, I began making portraits of women in their bedrooms in 2015 and asking them about their lives. This intimate collection of environmental portraits and text provides a never-before-seen look at what it means to be a young woman in Kuwait

Bringing this book to life will take a lot more than the dream that compels me to create it. Doing it well will require a significant investment that I am not presently capable of funding independently. This is where you come in.

Press:

Vogue Italy, May 2018

KHALEEJESQUE Magazine, July-August, 2017.

I-D Magazine Article, August 2017,

Kuwait Time interview, March 2017

Vogue Arabia, March 2017

Project “Women of Kuwait” have been featured in galleries and photography festivals including:

March 7, 2018, Solo Show at the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations, Manhattan, USA.

October 27 - November 12, 2017, “ShiMInvitational 5” at ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, USA. 

September 6 - October 15, 2017, Solo Exhibition “Women of Kuwait”, at Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, USA. 

September 13 - October 7, 2017, " Behind the Portrait", at GPP, Dubai, UAE.

August 24-27, 2017, "Feminisms From the Arab and Muslim Diaspora”, at Protein Studio, London, UK.

June 8 - July 21, 2017, “An introduction”, the Foundry withVariant Space, London, UK.

May 13, 2017,“The Spirit of the Place”, at Dar Al-athar Al-Islamyyah, Kuwait.

March 8, 2017, “women of Kuwait” was part of a photo series titled 40×40, lead by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Publication Details

Photographs by Maha Alasaker

Forward by Lulu Al-Sabah / Founder JAMM Art.

Essay by Nada Faris / Writer and performance poet knownas “Kuwait’s Finest.”

Cover Calligraphy by Jassim Essa Alnasrallah

Design by Ursula Damm

Hardcover, 9 x 9 inches

32 color photographs featuring 25 Kuwaiti women inside their bedroom in Kuwait.

Release date: Spring 2019

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Risks and challenges

When publishing a photo book there's always a possibility of delay. But Daylight Books is​ very experienced when working with printers... I don't foresee any challenges with getting this book printed and in your hands by Spring, 2019.

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    You get a virtual high five and a personal thank you for supporting #WomenofKuwait.

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    Limited edition 3"x3" trading cards featuring 25 Women from the" women of Kuwait "project, available to Kickstarter backers only.

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    Personal tuition session

    Personal tuition session,I​ will offer ideas and guidance to develop your project or portfolio. Or I can custom make a photography lesson for you. Guaranteed to leavi​​ng you bursting with ideas and inspiration afterwar​ds no matter what stage of your studies or career you are at.
    This includes a one hou​r session followed by a 30min follow up conversation.
    We can do this over Skype or in person on dates TBC if you are in NewYork City or Kuwait.

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    A signed copy of the book + coffee/walk

    * ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY OR KUWAIT.

    A signed copy of “ woman of Kuwait” book, personalized upon request and a coffee meeting and a walk with me.

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    Coaching session

    Bring your camera and spend an afternoon with me...your very own coaching session! We'll explore this beautiful city armed with cameras and, as we meander, you can ask me anything you'd like (there is a high probability I'll get a few stellar portraits of you while we're at it!) You'll really get to pick my brain...discover how I approach my subjects...observe how I converse with light...see what excites me most!
    + Acknowledgement in the Book's Gratitude Pages
    * ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY OR KUWAIT.

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    Portrait Session

    An opportunity to have a portrait photoshoot with me for your family, band, or you.
    Up to 2 hours location shoot, with a selection of up to 10 digital images delivered as high resolution files.
    + signed hardback copy of the book with a hand written message of thanks on the inside .. delivered to you in person!

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    * ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY OR KUWAIT.

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    16”x16” limited edition print

    You will receive your choice of one photo from my work BELONGING in an edition of twenty.
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    20”x20” limited print +Book

    At the $4,000 reward level, you will receive your choice of photo from my catalog in an edition of ten. The size is 20”x20”. And signed a hardback copy of the book with a handwritten message of thanks on the inside. Acknowledgment​ as a Star Collaborator in the Book's Gratitude Pages

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