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More Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World

More Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World

Date(s) - 09/08/2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Middle East Institute Art Gallery


Contact Person:
Laila Jadallah


Middle East Institute


More Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World features leading and emerging photographers from the Middle East and its diaspora who use the camera and new media as tools for storytelling, invention, and the imagining of multiple realities and futures. The multiplicity of artists represented challenge dominant narratives and provide new and intimate perspectives employing a range of photojournalistic, conceptual, and fine art photography. As an act of reclamation, the photographers shed light on the lived experience and take viewers to new and underexplored places. Their thought-provoking and diverse work provides a highly personal, unconventional, and dynamic lens on the Middle East as they explore notions of memory, place, identity, culture, the environment, and more.

Artists featured include: Mohammad Alfaraj, Eman Ali, Amr Attamimi, Zied Ben Romdhane, Imane Djamil, Farah Foudeh, Rula Halawani, Yasmine Hatimi, Samar Hazboun, Amir Hazim, M’hammed Kilito, Seif Kousmate, Fethi Sahraoui, Najla Said, and Ismail Zaidy.

Countries represented: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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The Middle East Institute (MEI) is a policy, education and arts institute dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. The MEI’s Arts and Culture Center and its Gallery highlight the region’s rich artistic and cultural output through exhibitions, programming and performances. The MEI Art Gallery is the only gallery in the nation’s capital dedicated to showcasing art from the Middle East.

Tribe photo magazine a non-profit publication focused on documenting photography, film and video from the Arab World. The magazine offers insight on the extensive talent within the Arab World and aims to create an archive and to stimulate dialogue about both emerging and established artists who are defining their practice.

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah (Curator) is an arts administrator, exhibition producer, curator, and researcher working in Washington, D.C., whose work in the arts has spanned exhibition development, communications, and cultural heritage protection. She has managed, produced, or curated more than 20 exhibitions nationally with museums, galleries, and other partners. Jadallah has been the Managing Director of Washington Studio since 2018 and has previously held senior-level positions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Art Fraud Insights, and International Arts and Artists in addition to her work as an independent art consultant.

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