• NOV 13 to APR 07
    Group Exhibition
    Light from the Middle East

    Category

    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary
    • Emerging Artists
    • Photography
    • Prints & Works on Paper

    Dates and Opening hours

    NOV 13, 2012 to APR 07, 2013

    13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013 Daily 10.00–17.30 Friday 10.00–21.30 Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing Closed 24 – 26 December 2012

    Event Location

    Victoria & Albert Museum - V&A

    United Kingdom

    Information

    Photography is a powerful and persuasive means of expression. Its immediacy and accessibility make it an ideal choice for artists confronting the social challenges and political upheavals of the Middle East today.

    Light from the Middle East: New Photography presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora.

    The exhibition explores the ways in which these artists investigate the language and techniques of photography. Some use the camera to record or bear witness, while others subvert that process to reveal how surprisingly unreliable a photograph can be. The works range from documentary photographs and highly staged tableaux to images manipulated beyond recognition. The variety of approaches is appropriate to the complexities of a vast and diverse region.

    Light from the Middle East is divided into three sections, Recording, Reframing and Resisting, each of which focuses on a different approach to the medium of photography.


    Recording

    Photography is a seemingly accurate means of recording people, places and events. A photograph can serve a commemorative purpose or document a historic moment. It can reveal something not otherwise visible, such as a place or event the viewer would not have access to, or a particular vantage point available only to the photographer. It can also create a lasting image of a fleeting performance, or of a scene staged only for the camera.

    But how reliable is a photograph? Despite the apparent authority of photographic images, they can trick or disorient. They can be ambiguous and difficult to decipher. Their meaning can shift according to context, cropping or captioning. What are the limitations of photography?


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