Dubai’s fine art photography gallery features 3 contemporary photographers until 30 April 2017.
Before the show closes, Art Radar has a look at some of the artworks on show by the German, Emirati and Omani photographers in “Sequence” at The Empty Quarter, Dubai.
The Empty Quarter is the only gallery dedicated to fine art photography based in the UAE and Middle Eastern Region. It was co-founded by Saudi Arabian Princess HRH Reem Al-Faisal and Emirati Safa Al-Hamed, and deals with young emerging and international renowned established photographers such as award-winning Steve McCurry, Bruno Barbey, Marc Riboud and Al-Moutasim Al Maskery, among others.
The current exhibition entitled “Sequence” features the work of three photographers: Emirati artist Jalal Jamal, Germany’s Tor Seidel and Omani photographer Al-Moutasim Al-Maskery. The three artists explore the urbanscapes of the contemporary metropolis of Dubai and the rural landscape from which modern cities eventually emerge, presenting visions of the past, present and future of our urban and living environments.
German photographer Tor Seidel explores the relationship between identity, space and meaning. In his latest series “The Dubai” he tests sight lines, colour temperatures, the incidence of the sun’s radiation, and pursues curious situations or constructs them himself. His portrayals of Dubai are of an unstructured and chaotic city. Since November 2016, he is Lecturer for Fine Art Photography at the University of Sharjah (UAE).
Emirati photographer Jamal bin Taney continues to document areas of mystery and abandonment, telling a story of self-realisation, struggle and neglect. His series captures, as the gallery writes in the press release,
the inner workings of the petroleum industry and the fate of desolate gas stations in and around the country that reflect a past that is slowly being replaced by a new façade. Our relationship with petroleum has helped society advance into the modern era but with these advancements has come challenges such as war, the strain on our planets echo system and the lasting effect it will have on generations to come who may never see the benefits of this finite resource. The project takes on a neutral view on the subject and invites the viewer to contemplate a future when the time comes for the last barrel of oil to leave the country.
Omani photographer Al-Moutasim Al-Maskery has captured the Mountains of Dhofar as a mysterious ancient place, with dramatic changes within the landscape of this region in the South of Oman. The season from July to September during which the photographs were taken is locally known as “khareef”.
“Sequence” runs from 14 March to 30 April 2017 at The Empty Quarter, Dubai.
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