Art appreciators in the UAE, head over to Gulf Photo Plus for a fantastic new exhibition, presenting a series of photographs by British/Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy. FACT has a snapshot of what to expect…
Living between Cairo and London, Laura began this series of photographs in 2005 when she was compelled to explore the essence of Egyptian identity in the hope of coming to terms with her own. Guided by childhood memories, her photographs are not meant to be objective observations of a nation, but rather personal reflections of Egypt through her own eyes.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids is a first person perspective exploring memory and identity. With images spanning 2005 to 2014, what began as a look in the mirror to understand the essence of Egyptian identity, expanded into an exploration of the trials and tribulations of a turbulent nation. The result is dark, sentimental and passionate.
Laura’s work was released earlier this year as a book under the same title as the exhibition. Juxtaposing the innocence of the past with the obscurity of the present, the book is an experience, edited to look like a one night’s encounter. A peaceful and tranquil day suddenly turns violent and chaotic, it’s claustrophobic, until a new dawn rises and there is hope again. In the Shadow of the Pyramids explores contemporary Egypt, reflecting on the emotions, dreams and realities shared by a community within the flux of reformation.
Born in Worcestershire, England, to Egyptian parents, Laura grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the US. In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects. Laura is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia with dual degrees in journalism & political science. Her work has appeared in various publications worldwide, including Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn Magazine and National Geographic.
GO: In The Shadow of the Pyramids will run at Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai from March 5 to April 4. Visit www.gulfphotoplus.com or call +971 4 380 8545 for more information.