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Alien Citizen Field Notes

  • A photograph of a human figure bent over at the waist, hands submerged in a shallow pool that appears to be part of a man-made lagoon system. The photo is tinted, violet on the left and blue on the right
       By Ladan Osman
    Light-damaged photograph of a man sifting through salt at the mines in Bilma, Niger. PHOTO: Ladan Osman In this lyrical introduction to her Alien Citizen Field Notes project, Ladan Osman challen...
  • Two photos combined in one image. On the left, a car is buried in sand. On the right, tire tracks running left to right through sand.
       By Ladan Osman
    LEFT The abandoned frame of a sedan. Car frames offer shade and serve as markers of graves as well as failed journeys. ​​​​​​RIGHT​ Vehicles pause during the hottest hours to avoid stressing the...
  • A person, whose face just above the panel, holds a peacock feather erect between his hands
       By Ladan Osman
    A former driver of migrants holds a peacock feather during his interview in Dirkou.  PHOTO: Ladan Osman Traveling on to Dirkou, long a respite town on the desert road to and from Libya, and then...

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