2023 — Cap Verde
About this series
Visit to Cape Verde, an island which has to face crime, dependency and instability due to its geographical situation making it the perfect transhipment point for drugs from Latin America to Europe.
Carmen Yasmine Abd Ali (b.1994) is a photographer and storyteller based in Senegal. After a degree in Journalism and a D.U. in Documentary Photography and Transmedia writings, she started her career working for AFP. Today, she collaborates with international press such as the New York Times, Der Spiegel and others.
Carmen carries out long term projects. In a documentary and artistic approach, she likes to use different mediums to make her stories immersive, especially through sound recording. She aims to create a bond and a relationship of trust with her subjects in order to give a voice to the participants. Her personal projects tend to focus on the intimate: she believes that individual experiences provide insight into global contemporary phenomena and create a connection between one another.
Carmen’s work has been published in international media such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Liberation, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Internazionale, Le Vif and others.
Her images of the 2019 presidential elections in Senegal (AFP) were shown at the Visa Pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan. Her series “Mbelha” (2020) allowed her to be part of the Laureates of the “Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème” in Paris (Fetart). She also won the “Maghreb Photographer of the Year” award (2021) and was shortlisted during the Mentor Award session 8 (Freelens).