Mamdouh, 2006 by Renee Nowytager

image of Mamdouh 2006 by Renee Nowytager

Artist's statement

Mamdouh Habib is an Egyptian born Australian Muslim known for his incarceration at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. He was born in 1956 in Egypt, moved to Australia in 1980, became a citizen here, married Maha, had four children, and taught Islam. After being released without charge he ran as an independent political candidate in the New South Wales legislative election in 2007, but failed to gain a seat after polling 5% in his electorate. The picture shows him in his natural demeanour, lighting a cigarette in Sydney.