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Description of Pictures: Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World
November 10-December 16, 2018
Curated by Janet Bellotto and Dr. Woodman Taylor
Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World is an exhibition highlighting a selection of artists published within the eight editions of Tribe—a magazine founded in Dubai that is dedicated to covering developments in photography and new media from the Arab World. The exhibition contextualizes an expansive field of image-based work through various themes, while celebrating artists both internationally acclaimed as well as those whose practices have recently been recognized. At times artists poetically deploy hues, shadows and partial images to nuance aspects of Arab culture. By expanding our appreciation and understanding of the variety of photographic practices creatively deployed by artists from throughout the Arab World, through its publications and first exhibition, Tribe aims to place these accomplished artists on a global stage within the larger sphere of contemporary photography.
Tribe magazine was founded in Dubai by Publisher Mubarik Jafery and Photo Editor Sueraya Shaheen. Artist, Professor and Associate Editor Janet Bellotto joined the editorial team along with art historian Dr. Woodman Taylor as Assistant Editor, and most recently Editorial Assistant Emma Warburton. As the co-founders continued to build the character of the publication, various artists, photographers, historians, critics, curators, and institutions made contributions to support the vision.
We would like to thank all the artists who instilled confidence in the curatorial vision by taking part in this exhibition:
Adel Al-Quraishi; Afra Bin Dhaher; Ajlan Gharem; Alaa Edris; Alia Ali; Al Fadhil; Al-Moutasim Al-Maskery; Amani Al Shaali; Amina Benbouchta; Ammar Al Attar; Arwa Abouon; Arwa Alneami; Bashar Alhroub; Camille Zakharia; Ebtisam Abdulaziz; Farah Salem; Filwa Nazer; Ghada Khunji; Hassan Hajjaj; Hassan Meer; Hazem Mahdy; Heba Y. Amin; Ibi Ibrahim; Jalal Bin Thaneya; Jamelie Hassan; Jassim Al Awadhi; Joanna Barakat; Khaled Akil; Khaled Hafez; Lamya Gargash; Lara Atallah; Leila Alaoui; Maha Al Asaker; Mai Almoataz; Maitha Demithan; Manal AlDowayan; Mohammed Al Kouh; Mohammed Al Shammarey; Mustapha Azeroual; Nermine Hammam; Nora Alissa; Osama Esid; Rula Halawani; Sadik Kwaish Alfraji; Sama Alshaibi; Sara Naim; Shaikha Al Ketbi; Steve Sabella;
Sultan Bin Fahad; Tammam Azzam; Tarek Al-Ghoussein; Toufic Beyhum; Wafaa Bilal; Yazan Khalili and Ziad Antar.
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KATTRI_181110_056.JPG: Psychological Projections
A few artists have used a variety of techniques to express the psychological feelings and personal aspirations or emotions, not only of themselves, but also of others within Arab society. Identity, societal constrictions and cultural tradition are some of the issues addressed by these artists. At times artists have developed innovative techniques, including of superimposing images or improvising with developing processes, to create particularly evocative images. Some of the projects address traditional roles of both men and women, from portraiture to the performative.
KATTRI_181110_060.JPG: Ibi Ibrahim
Girl Moment from the series Sitara, 2012
Habibi Tala from the series Sitara, 2012-14
KATTRI_181110_064.JPG: Amana Alshaali
KATTRI_181110_068.JPG: Maha Alasakar
KATTRI_181110_073.JPG: Manal Aldowayan
I am a Saudi Citizen, 2005-2007
KATTRI_181110_078.JPG: Ziad Antar
Burj Khalifa I, Dubai from the series Expired, 2011
KATTRI_181110_090.JPG: Tarek Al_Ghoussein
Al Sawaber Series, 2017
KATTRI_181110_095.JPG: Nora Alissa
Untitled from the series Ephiphamania revisited, 2012
KATTRI_181110_100.JPG: Ritual and Emotion
As active members of different Arab communities, many artists use photography to evoke their perspectives on rituals and emotional constructs that operate within, as well as constitute, important aspects of their culture. These include images that capture aspects of religious ritual as well as those that visually evoke profound religious concepts. At times, these photographs become visual expressions of personally held beliefs. Some works focus on the individuals, architectural elements and objects that are found in religiously charged spaces. Other photographs aim to visually convey emotions themselves, at times using an abstract visual language.
KATTRI_181110_104.JPG: Hassan Meer
Untitled from series Beyond the Hills, 20081
KATTRI_181110_116.JPG: Sama Alshaibi
Silsila (Link) from the series Silsila, 2013
KATTRI_181110_123.JPG: Evoking Space and Place
Given the long history of conflict, migration and economic changes, certain places, be they in private homes or public spaces, evoke communal and cultural memories. These include ruins, economically charged urban spaces as well as culturally resonant landscapes, that at times also foreground a sense of political, personal or cultural loss. Some photographers focus on buildings that have traces of those who once lived or used them while others capture sites abandoned along the history of economic development beginning with the oil boom. Images of ruins from recent conflicts also evoke the memory of places that have now been destroyed yet others capture the shimmer of new metropolises that continuously grow in other parts of the Arab world. Landscapes, including trees and vegetation used in local traditions, also generate a sense of place tied to cultural heritage.
KATTRI_181110_130.JPG: Ammar al Attar
Sibeel Water VII, 2015
KATTRI_181110_143.JPG: Mustapha Azeroual
Untitled from the Resurgence #2 series, 2016
KATTRI_181110_147.JPG: Imagined Futures
Using techniques of collage and image manipulation to promote innovative processes of image making, while developing new narratives, these artists imagine the future, the formation of new identities, nature and locations including changes occurring in contemporary society. Some artists work across media, creating video installations that investigate the construction of a contemporary Arab society which also wants to incorporate references to ancient traditions within newly developing forms of culture. Other artists capture new forms of pleasure enjoyed by women at amusement parks. New experiments, of using photographic processes to create imagery on three dimensional porcelain, as well as of incorporating neon lighting in their work, are additional contributions some artists have made while developing their own artistic practices.
KATTRI_181110_149.JPG: Joanna Barakat
Pulling up Sleeves in Ramalah, Standing Next to Crates, ICE CREAM and Selling Grapes in Khalil from the series Imposter, 2017
KATTRI_181110_159.JPG: Afra Bin Fhaher
House of III, from Hymns to a Sleeper, 2015
KATTRI_181110_166.JPG: Alaa Edris
KATTRI_181110_179.JPG: Filwa Nazer
Untitled 6 and 7 (The Children series), 2015
KATTRI_181110_188.JPG: Farah Salem
Kuwaiti Spring from the series In-Between the Skyline of Kuwait City, 2015
KATTRI_181110_192.JPG: Camille Zakharia
Spring 3 from the series Spring, 2013
KATTRI_181110_202.JPG: Camille Zahkaria
The Fortune Teller, 2010
KATTRI_181110_209.JPG: Arwa Alnaemi
Never Never Land, 2013
KATTRI_181110_215.JPG: Lamya Gargash
Stadium 1, USA Football Association, Zayed Sports City, from the series Documentation of Clubs in Abu Dhabi (ed. 1 of 5), 2015
KATTRI_181110_221.JPG: Lamya Gargash
Stadium 2, USA Football Association, Zayed Sports City, from the series Documentation of Clubs in Abu Dhabi (ed. 1 of 5), 2015
KATTRI_181110_228.JPG: Nermine Hammam
From the Upekkha series, 2011
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