Closed, Triangle of Views forms an equilateral triangle. Open, it is roughly the
size of two outstretched hands, placed next to one another, palms facing up.
Published by La Chambre Claire, founded by Youcef and Zohor Krache in
2018, it comprises two long-term documentary photo projects by Fethi
Sahraoui: Stadiumphilia and Escaping the Heatwave, began in 2015 and 2016
respectively. Sahraoui and Krache belong to Collective 220, a group of
photographers who first congregated in room 220 of the Albert the First Hotel
in Algiers in 2015 to discuss the need to create and circulate representations
of Algeria that escaped stereotypes: the veil, the Kabyle, religious extremism,
the migrant, and so-called “underground scenes.
Triangle of Views pairs two related bodies of work: Stadiumphilia focuses on
the male collective experience of time and space in Algerian football stadiums,
while Escaping the Heatwave chronicles the same group in the western
Algerian cities of Mascara and Relizane during the hottest period of the year as
they make their way to the beaches near Oran.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY NATASHA MARIE LLORENS