NOOR - Jordan
Lucie Mach (France, 1988) is a freelance photographer. She obtained a
Master degree in Photography in 2016 from KASK, the Royal Academy
of Fine Arts in Ghent.
Inspired by people’s life and feeling, she reveals a state of mind. She
looks for poetic and significant moment in the daily life to unveil a felt
atmosphere. Documentary based, she suggests more than to show in
order to give a personal point of view on the situation.
Her projects deal with notions of cultural heritage, migration and living
condition while questioning perspectives of life.
“Jordan” is a travel diary that give a feeling on nowadays Jordan’s
Since the war started in Syria in 2012, 657 000 Syrian refugees try to
build a new life in Jordan.
Lucie went to the cities of Amman, Irbid, Zarqa and in Zaatari Refugee
camp to meet Jordanians and Syrians to know more about the reality of
integration in Jordan.
Fed by their stories and their common sense of resilience, she found
relevant moment in the(ir) environment that could represent an ambient
state of mind.
“Syrians are not bad people, they just want to work and to make a
living. But they come, work illegal and compete with us. They get jobs
even more than the Jordanians. Everybody hire them. Jordan is a small
country and we don’t need too much Syrians so Jordanians can live too.
We always think that Jordanians and Syrians are brothers. We should
help them but i’m not gonna hire a Syrian to take the risk to get fine or
to see my restaurant close because of that”.
Ray, owner of a restaurant in Irbid, Jordan.