Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Media Studies

Reader 1

T. Kim Trang Tran

Reader 2

Ann Kaneko

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© 2018 Yasmin T Istanbouli


"My name is..." // "...اسمي" is a photo series that aims to depoliticize the highly politicized identity of the Arab, female refugee. Due to the growing number of refugees being forced out of their homes and displaced all around the globe, their collective existence has turned into a number. The world only sees one image when they think of an Arab refugee; the suffering, hopeless body of an Arab, struggling to cross borders. The world is not exposed to the real experiences of these individuals, and their stories remain untold. With this project, I aim to share these stories. Female refugees have unique experiences as women, and as mothers. They hold specific responsibilities within the displaced family and community as a whole. Each of them carry different narratives, different hopes and dreams. Combining their stories alongside the photos will help humanize them and show a side to them that the mainstream media fails to show, a side that doesn’t drastically differ from the experiences of people all over the world, no matter where they are from.

Hiba1.jpg (716 kB)
Hiba(1).jpg (44 kB)
Hiba2.jpg (598 kB)
Hiba(2).jpg (152 kB)
Hiba3.jpg (654 kB)
Hiba(3).jpg (193 kB)
Hiba4.jpg (637 kB)
Hiba(4).jpg (147 kB)
Maysaa1.jpg (873 kB)
Maysaa(1).jpg (83 kB)
Maysaa2.jpg (728 kB)
Maysaa(2).jpg (179 kB)
Maysaa3.jpg (849 kB)
Maysaa(3).jpg (229 kB)
Maysaa4.jpg (876 kB)
Maysaa(4).jpg (191 kB)
Taghrid1.jpg (960 kB)
Taghrid(1).jpg (183 kB)
Taghrid2.jpg (951 kB)
Taghrid(2).jpg (252 kB)
Taghrid3.jpg (863 kB)
Taghrid(3).jpg (185 kB)
Taghrid4.jpg (1631 kB)
Taghrid(4).jpg (118 kB)

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.