Closets Full of Dreams

Roger Anis

Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival
New Delhi, India


  • Title: Closets Full of Dreams
  • Creator: Roger Anis
  • Date: 2015
  • Photographer: Roger Anis
  • About the series: In Closets Full of Dreams, I open many girls’ closets, showing their dreams, fears and stories in a society where women face danger, sexual harassment and oppression in the street every day. This is a true story about almost every Egyptian girl or woman I know you will always find something in her closet that she has worn only once, and will never wear again because of what she faced in the street or even among her own family and friends. For me the closet is a symbol of our mind: if I can wear everything I can think about everything, if I cannot wear everything I cannot think and speak about everything. The freedom to wear what you want is a simple and fundamental rule of being free. If you find a society where people cannot wear what they want, I believe that they also cannot talk and think about what they want or do not want. The idea came to me after listening to many stories and complaints from a lot of close female friends about their dreams of wearing dresses and their sadness in storing their nice clothes because of the fear of the street and society.
  • About the Photographer: Roger Anis received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2008. Since 2010, he has been a Cairo-based photojournalist for the daily newspaper Al-Shorouk. During this time he participated in covering the political unrest in Egypt since it started on January 25th, 2011. He worked on a street kids project with UNICEF Egypt. Roger got his Diploma in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Media & Journalism in Denmark in 2015. He has participated in exhibitions in Egypt and internationally. He has won several awards for his work, and was chosen to participate in the Reporting Change Project with World Press Photo 2012-2014.
  • #DPF2015: 2015

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