Between Christmas and the New Year, in a handful of towns and villages along Romania's Trotus Valley, troupes of "dancing bears" — men and women of all ages wearing real bear skins — visit private homes and restaurants in a ritual whose function is to chase away last year's evil spirits. December 28, 2014. Comăneşti town, Bacău county, Romania.


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Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi uses photography to explore the human condition across various political and cultural contexts. She is based in Brooklyn, USA, but often works in areas experiencing social unrest or humanitarian emergencies, particularly in East Africa. She also always keeps an eye out for cultural traditions. In December 2014, when visiting her birthplace in Romania, Diana photographed a local Bear Dance tradition she recalled fondly from her childhood days.

Diana's interests reflect her multicultural background and upbringing: born in rural Romania to a Romanian mother and Iraqi father, Diana witnessed her family experience political circumstances that landed them as refugees in the former Yugoslavia, after which they were resettled to Canada. These early experiences led her to pursue careers in humanitarian aid and human rights. For several years, she held management and research positions with organizations such as the UN, Save the Children and Oxfam, working in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters. In mid-2013, she decided to focus her professional efforts entirely on photography. In 2014, she was named one of Lens Culture's Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2015, she received the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for her coverage of the Minova Rape Trial, eastern Congo's most significant mass rape trial to date.

Diana holds two BA degrees in Economics and Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University, and has completed all but her thesis for a MA degree in International Development from American University. She speaks English, Romanian, Spanish and French.

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Untitled (from the Bear Dance series), 2014
Pigment Print
16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) -
Image size: 12 X 18 in
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Courtesy of artist
Signed on verso

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Untitled (from the Bear Dance series)
  • Dimensions
    16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) -
    Image size: 12 X 18 in