Tashkeel has long celebrated contemporary artists and designers practicing in the UAE through its selection of multidisciplinary studios. On January 18, it will launch its first exhibition of the new year titled ‘From End to End’, which won’t just present the works of six evolving Emirati photographers, but will also bring them together under one roof to create thought-provoking visuals. Tapping into one’s senses with remarkable visuals that question mankind’s synergy with nature, these photographers were handpicked by leading figures in the UAE’s creative industries.
The three month exhibition will be curated by Tashkeel’s Founder and Director, HH Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum, and one of the UAE’s most-loved Emirati photographers, Jassim Al Awadhi. A compilation of 30 images by photographers Ola Allouz, Yaghoub Al Hammadi, Mousa Al Raeesi, Faisal Al Rais, Mona Al Tamimi and Maitha Bughanoum will demonstrate the intimate relationship between humankind and nature. “The images that we have selected for this exhibition epitomize the relationship between each stage of the artists’ lives and creative endeavours. The participating photographers present ideas that reflect both, the depth of their abilities, and the abundance of their commitment to their craft, which has enabled them to encapsulate entire worlds within each work,” said Jassim Al Awadhi.
Each selected image was finely printed by the Epson SureColor P9000 digital printer, which showcases the high quality of printing services offered by Tashkeel all year round. The visuals carry different techniques and production formats with playful takes on contrast, exposure and lighting, shot through drones and mirror-less digital cameras. “The photographers participating in this exhibition are at various stages of their artistic journeys and have had unconventional beginnings in visual arts, many making the crossover from other professions, which influence the narrative in their works,” explained Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel.
Geographically extending from Satwa to Zanzibar, the intricate detailing in the images touch upon themes like sustainability and eco-friendliness. You’ll spot the microplastics that surround fisherwomen in a shot that captures the action near the waters of the Arabian Gulf, and another frame will have you sharing a quiet moment with baby birds in an untouched section of Dubai. “There is renewal at every end. When the end of the ends is reached, there is the beginning of new worlds. We hope that these works will lead to the beginning of other works to come,” Al Awadhi shared.
‘From End to End’ opens on January 18.