Biography

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Pierre Terdjman is a French documentary photographer based in Paris, and the co- founder/director of Dysturb, an alternative media movement. He started his career for the left- wing Israeli daily Haaretz where he covered the Israelo-Palestinian conflict. He moved back to France in 2007 to work as a staff photographer at Gamma agency till 2009. Since then, he has worked as a freelance photographer for The New York Times, GQ Magazine and Paris-Match on post-electoral violence in Kenya, on the Russian-Georgian conflict, in Afghanistan and on the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

More recently, he covered the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia, the fall of Mubarak in Egypt, the liberation struggle against Gaddafi in Libya, as well as the conflict in Central African Republic. He has also collaborated as a video director with NGOs such as AFD (Agence Française de développement) and Unicef, to document their projects in Niger and the Ivory Coast. His is represented by Myriam Bouagal Gallery in Paris.

Dysturb’s campaigns, as public art, are primarily based in the streets. This simple, yet powerful, apparatus rhymes with democratic outreach and high visibility.

Project Proposal | #WomenMatter

In 2014 Pierre Terdjman launched the non-profit, Dysturb to present and stimulate dialog around contemporary global issues using the most basic social network: the streets.
Distributing mural-sized photographs in public spaces that address the crucial issues of our time enables Terdjman and Dysturb artists to direct people’s attention to visual depictions and contextualized information.

Entitled "WomenMatter", this series of activations aims at reexamining the agency, action, complexity, and abuse of women of various classes and backgrounds around the world. To reach a wider audience, bypassing online filters while reconnecting with those who don’t necessarily read the news or don’t trust it, Dysturb and Terdjman will post dozens of photographs in three countries with the help of local partners: in Haiti, where 28% of women declare having been victims of physical violence; in Nigeria, where Boko Haram pursued a campaign of rape and sexual slavery; and in France, where 2018 has seen an upsurge of domestic violence, leading the government to implement additional dedicated supportive structures. Each activation will be paired with a digital campaign, in which a series of short videos published on Dysturb’s socials and website, available for our partners to share, featuring the voices of mothers, historians, fighters, artists, teachers, and activists.

To date, Dysturb has installed 1,300 posters in city hubs across 13 countries, featuring the work of 135 photojournalists worldwide. Dysturb also run an educational programming in order to reach the next generation of citizens. Since beginning, Dystub and Terdjman have visited 130 schools, universities, prisons and hospitals and reached more than 15,000 students.

Previous Work