Al-liquindoi is a Spanish cultural association founded in 2004 to provide training and support to documentary photographers in Spain and abroad. Through intensive workshops and trainings Al-liqundoi encourages photographers to explore and expand on forms of visual storytelling and helps develop independent voices in the media. These educational opportunities also lay the foundation for network building among visual storytellers in the world interested in dialogue and exchange.
Al-liquindoi also curates, develops, and produces content driven projects aimed to engage audiences on human rights and social justice driven issues. Examples of these are the Crónica21 Archive, the book Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, and the graphic novel Diálogos Invisibles that developed out of a public art project of the same name.
Al-liquindoi was founded by Jessica Murray and Gonzalo Höhr:
Jessica Murray was born in England in 1972 and grew up between Kenya, England and the United States. She received a BA in History from Skidmore College, NY. In 1997 Jessica moved to New York City where she worked, first for the Center for Cuban Studies and then for Magnum Photos. At the same time she worked with different grassroots civil rights advocacy projects, including a three-year commitment to Project Hip-Hop (Highways into the Past, History Organizing and Power) a program developed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
In 2001 and 2002 she helped coordinate a series of photography workshops in Havana, Cuba, for Maine Photographic Workshops and in 2002, inspired by the intensive short-term trainings, she founded her own documentary workshop program, The Williamsburg Workshops in Brooklyn, NY. In 2003 she was invited to organise a workshop with Alex Webb in Sevilla where she met Gonzalo Höhr and one year later, together they founded Al-liquindoi in Cádiz.
Apart from the workshops and projects that Jessica has created, developed and led with Al-liquindoi, over the years she has served on several juries and nomination committees in the world of photography including Open Society Foundations DPP Grant Program, Magnum Foundation Emergency Grant, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Unicef Poy, Photolucida, Awards Lux and the Tim Hetherington Visonary Awards. She has also curated a number of exhibitions around various themes including Mirando a Palestina and CR21, el efecto instantáneo. In 2015, she was invited to be the artistic director of the documentary photography festival of Barcelona DOCfield>15. Jessica currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Gonzalo Höhr was born in Cádiz in 1979. After studying Audiovisual Communication at the Universities of Malaga and Madrid and Professional Photography at the Escuela de Fotografía y Técnica de la Imagen de Madrid (EFTI), he participated in numerous photography workshops. Much of his training comes from working as a photographer’s assistant both in the studio and in the darkroom, which he did after moving to Madrid in 1998.
In Madrid Gonzalo began working as a freelance photographer collaborating with different newspapers and magazines, and also NGOs like Medicos del Mundo and Acción Contra el Hambre, with whom he continues to work with today. In 2004 he returned to Cadiz to lead the photography department of the Vocento newspaper, La Voz de Cádiz, which he did for three years. It was at this time that he also founded Al-liquindoi, together with Jessica Murray.
Gonzalo has had a number of exhibitions, the most important being Phoenicians S.XXI. The result of a long term personal project about the port cities of the Mediterranean that still maintain something of their Phoenician heritage, the exhibition opened in Cádiz in 2012. The project was supported by the Cádiz Municipality, the Tiro Foundation, and UNESCO among others.
Based between Madrid and Cádiz, Gonzalo combines he work with Al-liquindoi with his work as a freelance photojournalist, and editorial and commercial photographer: www.gonzalohohr.es