One example of such work is Badawi’s piece, “The Gaza Stripper“, a provocative film about Ari Lauren Souad Said, a woman “born of an Israeli mother and a Palestinian father [who has] spent much of her childhood torn between two conflicting faiths and cultures in Israel”.

Global Voices talked to Badawi to learn more about his work (some of which is shared below). Badawi described his main motivations and some of the most memorable moments in his career. He argues that online social media can be an important space for sharing stories that the mainstream media fails to report, or shows no interest in discussing.

From A Gazan Stripper in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters

Millions of locust swarm like “plagues of Egypt” -

 Part of the Book of the Dead papyrus of Hunefer, illustrating Spell 125. Osiris is show seated in judgement under a canopy. Behind him stand Isis and Nephthys, while in front of him are the figures of the four Sons of Horus, standing on a lotus flower.
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ANIMAL ATTRIBUTES: Motivates. Determination. Will. Expansive power.


SYMBOLIC: Featured prominently in many ancient societies, the ram has been a long held symbol of: determination, action, initiative, and leadership. The ram is also a symbol of Aries, which is an astral symbol of ruler ship. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, further reinforcing ram-like attributes of leadership, authority, and other forefather-type characteristics.

The Celtic God Cernunnos is shown with the ram. Some depictions show him seated with a ram-headed snake by his side a symbolic gesture of renewal and power.

In ancient Egypt the god Amun-Ra took on the persona of Khnum, the creator god who was always depicted with a ram’s head.

In Scandinavia, Thor was close with the ram, and was fabled to use rams to pull his chariot.


Throughout the generations our women have continued to be subordinate to the rule of the strong and are overcome by the powerful tyranny of men. On the other hand, men have not wished to consider women other than as beings fit only to serve men and be led by men’s will! Men have slammed shut the doors of opportunity in women’s faces, thus hindering them from earning a living. As a consequence, the only recourse left to a woman was to be a wife or a whore.
—  Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women p.15 (1899)