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Light From The Middle East Exhibition @ Victoria and Albert Museum

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New Photography at The Victoria and Albert Museum
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'The Break' by Nermine Hammam

Photography is a fascinating medium to work in. One picture can tell a whole story or evoke powerful emotions, particularly in a world fraught with conflict and political division.

For the first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a free photography exhibition is on display until the 7th April 2013. The Light From The Middle East is presenting to work of thirty different photographers from thirteen countries across the Middle Eastern region, from North Africa to Central Asia.

The artists produce a wide and varied selection of work, from documentary photos designed to portray the stark reality of life, to staged and manipulated images which uncover how photography is capable of distorting the truth.

The exhibition covers three major themes: Recording, Reframing, and Resisting.


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'I Am An Educator' by Manal Al-Dowayan

Photos can record a moment in history, commemorate events, and give people a vantage point of somewhere they can never go themselves. In this exhibit, artist, Manal Al-Dowayan uses black and white photography to depict the the role of women in Saudi society.


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'Saida In Green' by Hassan Hajjaj

Taking inspiration from the past, in this exhibit, photographers re-imagine and re-interprate old artworks. For example, fashion photographer Hassan Hajjaj addresses Western consumerism in juxtaposition to Middle Eastern fashion through portraiture.


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From the 'Party' series by Amirali Ghasemi

An exhibit depicting how truth can be manipulated within a photograph, and how images can be used to create propaganda, and control society. Amirali Ghasemi censors his own images to hide the identity of his subjects.

To mark the Light From The Middle East Exhibition, the Victoria and Albert Museum are offering one lucky visitor to win a three night stay in Istanbul or Marrakech. The prize includes accommodation at a 4-star hotel, a guided tour of your chosen city, and a copy of the exhibition book, Light from the Middle East: New Photography . You can enter on their website.
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Why? A Cultural experience
When: 13th Nov - 7th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 2000
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum
Cost: free
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