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“Light from the Middle East” Comes to V&A

The new and exciting photography exhibit is arriving to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) on 13 November 2012. (Originally published on www.agimag.com)

Called “Light from the Middle East: New Photography”, it is a first major photography exhibit from the Middle East, region that stretches from North Africa all the way to Central Asia. Over 90 photographs by 30, both veteran and beginner, artists from 13 different countries will be on display. Given the diversity of photography styles and techniques, as well as their subjects, the exhibit will be divided into three main themes – Recording, Reframing and Resisting.
Recording refers to photography used as a tool to capture and document various events and places, be it consequences of a war or aerial views of a desert. Reframing showcases techniques of modifying old photographs in a contemporary, sometimes humoristic, fashion. And last section, Resisting, explores photographers’ refusal to accept claims of photography as a factual representation of reality by digitally manipulating or manually altering photographs.
The exhibit as part of the Art Fund Collection at V&A and the British Museum aims to unveil multitude of photographic responses to the socio-political changes in the region over the last 20 years, including recent Egypt’s Revolution.
As Art Fund’s director, Stephen Deuchar, says:
This new collection of photography created by the V&A and the British Museum with the Art Fund support is being formed at a time of profound change in the Middle East. Artists and photographers, as cultural commentators, are themselves amongst the agents of change.”

Exhibit information:

13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013
Victoria and Albert Museum
Porter Gallery
Admission: FREE
www.vam.ac.uk

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