"BEYOND SACRIFICE" is the first solo exhibition by Ms. Carmen Yahchouchy, winner of the 2015 Byblos Bank Award for Photography.
"Beyond Sacrifice" is a daring portrayal of often forgotten Lebanese women who live lives of celibacy, mostly dedicating their time to helping others.Ms. Yahchouchy has captured intense moments of these lives, sharing hints of what it must feel like to be in their shoes and educating the viewer about the impact of social traditions on individuals.
Byblos Bank established its Photography Program in 2012, aiming to create the right conditions for emerging Lebanese photographers to support themselves through their art.
Organized in cooperation with BEIRUT ART FAIR, the annual Byblos Bank Award for Photography is the high point of this endeavor, granting emerging photographers a high-profile platform from which to launch their careers.
The goal of documentary photography is to produce information that is row and unnarrated.
Carmen Yahchouchy subscribes to this same definition with the series "Beyond Sacrifice".Moved by the position in Lebanese society of women who remain unmarried, she decided to gather their testimonies of how they see their place in the family, but also within society at large.
Born in Bamako,Mali, in 1993,Carmen Yahhouchy, after resettling in Lebanon in 2011,she inrolled at Notre Dame University (NDU), where, encouraged by her professors she develop her abilities in photography.
In September 2015,Ms. Yahchouchy won the fourth edition of the Byblos Bank Award for Photography of Beirut Art Fair, prevailing over nearly 200 other artists who offered up more than 1.000 submissions. Her photographs - compelling images of wifes and mothers with guns left behind by husbands and sons killed during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war - made a powerful impression on the President of the Jury who described the impact of her work as "a testimony on the memory and persistence of pain".