The exhibition showcases the work of 28 artists from twelve countries including established professionals like Abbas (Iran), Youssef Nabil (Egypt) and Walid Raad (Lebanon), or emerging artists Taysir Batniji (Palestine), Shadi Ghadirian (Iran) and Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia).

Light from the Middle East is the name of the contemporary photography exhibition that runs through April 7, 2013 at the Victoria & Albert Museum
London - FEB 08, 2013


It is noteworthy that many of these artists are women, which confirms this change of mentality in the Oriental tradition. The work of these photographers covers a wide variety of techniques and subjects from photojournalism to digitally manipulated images. The photos appear as a creative response to the social and political conflicts in the past 20 years have led the way to the Middle East.


It’s one way to explore the region, culture and society of the Middle East from the point of view of contemporary artists. Almost parallel to the "globalization" of these regions in recent years, Eastern contemporary art unknown to Westerners, shows that art is just as vibrant, innovative, and diverse. In fact, the results are among the most innovative in the world despite the complexity in these regions live. It reflects the rapid changes and upheavals in the political, religious, social and cultural development of the Middle East.


Shadi Ghadirian is a photographer who lives and works in Iran. Her work is closely linked to their identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran. However, her art also deals with issues relating to women living in other parts of the world. She questions the role of women in society and explores ideas of censorship, religion, modernity and the status of women. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe and the USA. With her Qajar series, she tries to reconstruct the atmosphere of an earlier time (20th century) in contemporary Iran, showing a woman who is not connected with the objects in her possession. Most of the objects are contraband.


Hassan Hajjaj is another example of emerging artist, born in Morocco and living in England, he is inspired by fashion photography while at the same he mocks its methods. He creates interesting juxtapositions between global brands and local objects like slippers or veils. The result is an exuberant collision of Western consumerism stereotyped symbols and traditions of the Middle East. The frames, which Hajjaj builds from recycled materials, have aesthetics reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s pop art and transform the three-dimensional photographs, sculptural objects.


Luz Massot


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