A black and white artistic photograph of a door with intense shadows and highlights

Door: Hidden within, Tunis 2017

An artistic photograph of buildings seen through a foggy window.

Window: Hues of a complex, Tunis 2017

A double exposure of a man gazing down.

Figure in motion: Trapped in confusion, Tunis 2017

A long exposure of lights with light trails in black and white.

Motion blur of swaying lights, Tunis 2017

An artistic photograph of an out of focus wrought iron fence in black and white.

Forsaken fences of the past, Tunis 2017

A photograph of a bed with a small part illuminated by a light and the rest in shadow, in black and white.

Bed: Undone white sheets of a lost man, Tunis 2017

A layered image with the silhouette of a person in a room with a naked light bulb in black and white.

Intertwined light bulb, Hammamet 2017

An artistic photograph of a silhouette with bright white marks or lights, in black and white

Glass reflection of a silhouette, Hammamet 2017

Ongoing economic and social inequality, a legacy of the dictatorship, affects Tunisians across generations, but has particularly pronounced impacts on young people. ICTJ worked with four young photographers to confront the consequences of marginalization and explore its impacts on Tunisian youth. Their four photo galleries comprise the exhibition "Marginalization in Tunisia: Images of an Invisible Repression.” In this gallery, Nedra Jouini explores the sense of dread and isolation she says is the result of economic and social exclusion.

About the Gallery

A general feeling of unwellness overwhelms. People begin to ignore you for what you did, and even those closest turn their backs. You feel lost and do not understand the situation. So you look at yourself in the mirror and perceive a reflection that you are not fond of anymore. And that the small amount of hope you were holding onto is starting to fade. You finally admit that you are, from now on, alone, out of any possible focus, forgotten in an imaginary cell, badly wounded and reduced to the size of a freckle, a fragile net that can be torn at any time. You finally recognize that you are left behind.

About the Photographer

Nedra Jouini, 25, is an engineer and scientific researcher by day, but a photographer, wanderer and storyteller by night. She started taking pictures in 2007 as a chance to escape from the boredom of her boarding school. Since then, she has mainly focused on emotional behavior and human delicacy through blurred portraits and staged photo-shoots. “My work evolves around illustrating feelings and complicated human emotions,” Nedra says. Nedra has showcased her work in both group and solo exhibitions in Tunisia and the United States.

Explore the other three galleries that comprise "Marginalization in Tunisia: Images of an Invisible Repression"

Ali Jabeur on the economic and ecological decline of the Gulf of Gabbes
Emna Fetni on the social and spacial outskirts of Tunis
Ashraf Gharbi on the challenges facing one couple who stood up to the dictatorship