The Human Traumas in Fazal Sheikh’s Photography


Trauma is the physical injury, the human wound, or the emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience. Metaphorically we use the term to speak of natural disasters. Fazal Sheikh is the American photographer who saw these human wounds within the humanity, within the human face of the other while suffering. His unique glance towards otherness and the marginalized people through his documentary photography, gave a new perception both in photography and society. This aspect of trauma concerns Orthodox theology too in a way that pain becomes an opportunity for revelation, transformation, and holiness. Human’s everyday wear is the one that awakens man to be creative. The man is invited to transform his pain to creativity, and the best way to be creative is the dynamics of love. Love becomes the only exodus for man to find a new perception of life. Fazal Sheikh’s photographs are a revelation of humanity and love for humanity. This aesthetical way can awaken creatively the mases and transform the human consciousness. This paper is a synthesis of the photography and the aesthetical theology. It is an attempt to enlighten new ways to speak of the things that theology would like to say differently in today’s contemporary world. It is deemed necessary to find new directions of expression of the theological terms in new grounds such as the photography.

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Vasiliki Rouska, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Religion

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Rouska V. (2024) The Human Traumas in Fazal Sheikh’s Photography ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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