This work is visual research about the relationship between Kuwait’s psyche and the environment. Despite being a small and arid desert state in the Persian Gulf region, Kuwait is now one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Since Kuwait discovered its oil wells in 1934, it has become one of the biggest exporters in the Gulf. Following its independence from Britain in 1961, American culture has taken root, offering a liberalist and materialistic life model, often at odds with traditional Islamic culture.
This history and tension give way to the concept of ‘economic fantasy’, which discloses the construction of a distorted vision of reality stretched among its excesses and contradictions.
This series explores the subtle border between reality and fiction and shows the consequences of Kuwait’s cultural and historical conditions.
Gabriele Cecconi is a self-taught Italian documentary photographer interested in human beings and their relationship with themselves and the environment.
Gabriele’s work has been published in Italian and international magazines, and newspapers such as Internazionale, National Geographic Italy and Newsweek, and has been exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums around the world. He has received several awards and grants, including the Andrei Stenin Contest Grand Prix, the Fotografia Etica Award and the LUMIX Environmental Vision Award.
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