A Collective Wedding in Yemen by Huda Alabdumughni
Last February, almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kuwaiti photographer Huda Alabdumughni during a workshop lead by renowned photographer Tanya Habjouqa. The workshop brought together passionate documentary photographers from all over the Arab region for 5 days, to delve into the portfolios of follow photographers, sharing critique and being inspired in the process. Huda’s work is easily one of the most memorable, and I’ve been following her work online every since. I recently reached out to Huda, to ask if she could share a little of her portrait series “A Collective Wedding in Yemen” which left a lasting impression on me.
The project, which features the portraits of 39 groomsmen from a collective wedding in Ta’az, Yemen, aiming to highlight the impact the current conflict has on the lives of these men while showcasing a visually compelling narrative in the process. Below is what Huda had to say about the project:
“In December of 2012, I had the honour of attending a collective wedding in Ta'az, Yemen. I took photographs of the 39 groomsmen that had attended dressed in their traditional attire. I had planned on visiting the men ten years after the day to see what they had been doing with their lives after marriage. The civil war however put a tragic halt on many of the men's lives. I was able to contact 12 of the grooms on Whatsapp where I found out that two of the men had passed away, and two men had children that did not strive the conflict due to a lack of medical support. This collection of photographs is a testament not only to their lives but their unrealised potentials - a reminder of the irreparable damage that the neglected crisis has had on the people of Yemen.”
Below are the portraits and stories from Huda’s project:
Huda Abdulmughni is a self-taught photographer from Kuwait whose practice is concerned with portraiture. Her subjects are often people who have no opportunity to pause and have their pictures taken, be it street traders in markets in Kuwait, couples on dates in Mumbai, or housewives in Morocco. Her vision is to use photography as a means of recording moments that otherwise seem fleeting. You can follow Huda’s work on instagram @takenbyhuda.