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Dubai to Host Arab Documentary Photography Exhibition

Dubai to Host Arab Documentary Photography Exhibition

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 06:45
A general view of Dubai. (AFP)
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The Gulf Photo Plus Center for photography in Dubai announced its main exhibition held as part of the Photography Week 2019.

Curated by Jessica Murray from Al-Liquindoi Foundation, "The Shorter Distance between us: stories from the Arab Documentary Photography Program" will be held at the Concrete Building, Alserkal Avenue, on February 4-9.

The exhibition is funded by the Arab Fund of Arts and Culture – AFAC, and Alserkal Avenue in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund and the Magnum Foundation.

The exhibition will display the works of seven photographers who have received scholarships from the Arab Documentary Photography Program.

The displayed works includes "a targeted area" by the Lebanese Photographer Elsie Haddad, who used her photographs to document the life of prisoners in Lebanon after their release and their attempt to reintegrate in their community.

They also feature "Intersections" by Hisham Jardaf who highlights the impact of urban development in Morocco on the society and the national identity.

"The Infertile Crescent" by Nadia Bseiso features a pipeline that transmits water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, with obvious war marks and pollution in the crescent which was once fertile in Iraq.

In his photograph "Live, Love Refugee", Omar Imam prompts refugees to imagine their dreams and to revive them again.

Zayd bin Ramadan's "on the life's west" displays scenes from the phosphate mining villages in Tunisia, showing that poverty still exists despite the phosphate's contribution in the Tunisian economy.

"The Moon's Dust" by Mohamed Mahdi is a project from the Moon Valley in Alexandria, in which the photographer highlights the impact of toxic dust emitted by cement's factories on the urban environment surrounding the valley.

Hiba Khalifo partakes in the exhibition with a work dubbed "homemade", which represents a true study of the female body and all the sorts of abuse endured by women in Egypt just because they are women.

The documentary photography projects allow visitors to watch and experiment factors affecting the region without the frills that usually transform stories into statistics.

Along with "the shorter distance between us" exhibition, the Documentary Photography Program's photography week will include art interviews and a new edition of "Slide Fest" on February 5.

It will bring together participants from the four previous editions, which will give visitors the chance to see a wide range of documentary photography projects from the Arab world.

Talking about the event, Vilma Jurkute, director of Alserkal Avenue, said: "Alserkal Avenue aims at sponsoring young talents in the Arab world by launching artistic initiatives and programs.”

“Today, we are proud of taking part in this exhibition in partnership with the Arab Fund of Arts and Culture, Prince Claus Fund, and Magnum Foundation, which has always been leading in highlighting, guiding, and supporting bright Arab photographers."

Rima Mesmar, head of the Arab Fund of Arts and Culture – AFAC, said: "Through our photography scholarships, we aim at helping the participants achieving their projects, and supporting them to create works that are able to revive communication with the audience and open conversations to improve our understanding of the region we live in.”

“Dubai is the best place to display these works, as it links different regions in in the Arab world. This exhibition, which displays works from Egypt, the Levant, North Africa, will be able to reach a wide audience in Dubai."

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