The forms of travel sketchbooks are changing. Many carnettists now use new technologies to account for their travels. Movies animations, interactive sites, videos … are all new tools to transcribe a trip.

On the occasion of the 18th Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage, the Association Il Faut Aller Voir and VIDEOFORMES, a festival of video art and digital cultures, awarded
“Digital Travel Sketchbook Prize” to Ameer Albassri for its 549 km sleep only in Iraq video.

Winner 2017

Born in Iraq, he graduated with a degree in theater arts from the Institute of Fine Arts and then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Baghdad. He became a video artist and touched on difficult subjects such as family problems, childhood, motherhood or human rights in Iraq.

549 km, is the distance between the capital Baghdad, in the center of Iraq, and the city of Basra, to the south. It is also the distance traveled in the subconscious to reach the dreams of the child sleeping in each of the Irakis. These dreams are too difficult to reach because cries and flames haunt their minds.