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Muslims in Europe: Τοο Visible-Invisible

Fanny Sarri | Europe

2015 Marseille, France
Suburbs in France (banlieue) _ the city in the city
In France, a banlieu is a suburb of a large city. However, since the 1970s, the phrase les banlieues has been increasingly used in European French to describe suburban low-income housing projects HLMs in which mainly foreign immigrants and French of foreign descent reside, often in perceived poverty traps. HLM high-rise estates, or cités HLM, are often referenced in French popular culture as they are known for their enduringly high rates of poverty and unembloyment , as well as the concentration of first and second-generation immigrants in the communities.In these urban areas the lack of efficient public transport and real employment opportunities locally are a breeding ground for illegal trade and ghettoization in economics parallèle.

Muslims in Europe: Τοο Visible-Invisible

Muslim people are too visible and, at the same time, invisible in Europe’s public places.

When the issue of Islam and uniqueness comes up, these women and men stand out because of their headscarf, of their color, of their different religion, of their different habits and thus become too visible. On the other hand, despite living in a big, crowded city, these figures remain invisible because their embodied identity ‘’forces’’ them to stay in the shadows: the passers-by get used to their presence and turn a blind eye to them, out of awkwardness, disdain, indifference or even fear of their unfamiliar appearance.

Muslim people they dream, struggle, nurture their children, have fun, pray and follow their imams, take care of their dead, are educated, married, and, in general, preserve the traditional moral codes and social behaviours.

I am searching to understand how Europe perceives and treats Muslim people headscarves, Muslims, jihadists, Islamic schools, different eating habits, meaning what really exists which acquires substance, and lets you think of what is coming,

Fanny Sarri «Muslims in Europe: too visible – invisible»

I am searching to understand how Europe perceives and treats Muslims. To portray the inner world of these people; balancing between a traditional life and their actual moving toward the future at a pace which is their own, a rhythm which is so often conditioned by turmoil’s they are going through. Not to judge, praise or condemn, but to share cultures.


Born in Thessaloniki on 23 June 1957.

Graduated as pharmacist from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Background in photography

Self-taught photographer for the last 35 years.

Workshop with a. Costas Manos at Skopelos Photographic Center, Greece, 1996,

                          b. Anders Petersen at Kavala, Greece, 2006.

                          c. Bruce Gilden at Athens, Greece, 2012.

Photographic experience

Press photographer with publications in the biggest magazines and newspapers in Greece. Member of the Union of Greek Photoreporters.

Founder of the company Phaos, which provided integrated services in the field of organisation, conservation, processing, documentation and management of photo archives and collections.

Worked from 1990 in Thrace (Greece), Scopje, Tetovo (Macedonia), Pristina, Prizren (Kosovo), Tirana, Rahova, Tomorr Mountain (Albania), Novi Pazar (Serbia), Shumen, Tergoviste (Bulgaria) and Istabul, Edirne, Chanakkale (Turkey), Marseilles, Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), London, Bradford, Leeds, (UK), Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Holland), Duisburg and Berlin (Germany), Còrdoba, Almeria and Barcelona (Spain) and India, Iran, Irak, Lebanon, Algeria.

Awards, grants, other qualifications….

I. Kostopoulos Foundation, Alpha Bank, 1995.

Honorable mention Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA, 1997.

Honorable mention International Photography Awards, 2009

Honorable mention  Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Julia Cameron, 2010.

Honorable mention Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) 2014

Books, CDs

1995, Praxis, A Photographer's Initiative, Municipality of Thessaloniki, directorate of culture.

1997, Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA. (www.wipi.org) CD.

1998, "Aspects of Greek Photography ", Center of Photography of Nice, Municipality of Nice, France-Greek Ministry of Culture.

2000, "Errances méditerranéennes" Theatre de la Photographie et de l'  Image, Nice Musées, France.

2005, Municipality of Mastorochoria, Prefecture of Ioannina, Greece. (www. mastorohoria.gr)

2008, "Craftsmen masons from Mastorochoria of Konitsa"


1991: Personal exhibition, Bazaars, University of Sarajevo

1995: Collective exhibition, Praxis, A Photographer's Initiative, Yeni Tzami, Thessaloniki.

1997: Collective exhibition, Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, USA.

1998: Personal exhibition, Muslims in the Balkans, Septembre de la photo, Nice, France.

2000: Exhibition with Brigitte Bauer, Odyssée, Theatre de la Photographie et de l'Image, Nice, France.

2001: Kosovo, group exhibition, Art Gallery of Pristina, Kosovo.

2005: Collective exhibition, Garden of Luxembourg, Paris, France. (Corfu, 1999)

2008: Exhibition with Brigitte Bauer, Odyssée, Cultural centre of the municipality of Thessaloniki as part of PhotoBiennale, Thessaloniki, Museum of Photography.

2011: Personal exhibition, production of the Greek Ministry of Culture, "Monuments and people in the Arab world" in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.                                            

2011: Collective exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2012: Collective exhibition in the metro station Syntagma, Athens with the General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Greek  Ministry of Interior (www.isotita.gr)

2018: Collective exhibition “Shared sacred sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean” in Thessaloniki, Museum of Photography (ThMP)

2018: Personal exhibition “Fanny Sarri  Memoria” in collaboration with Afrim Hairulahu “My exodus” in Pristina, Museum of Kosovo.




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