Observing the Ritual exhibition will be held in Dubai knowledge village this July where works of three photographs will be displayed at Gulf photo plus explore the spaces where the rituals essential to Islamic culture and tradition take place.
Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai
16 May 2016, 12:00 AM
27 August 2016, 12:00 AM
The latest show at Gulf Photo Plus, “Observing the Ritual”, brings together the works of three photographers who come from different countries and cultural backgrounds, but have a shared interest in exploring the spaces where the rituals fundamental to Islamic culture occur. The works on display include the “Hidden Islam” series by Italian artist Nicoló Demiurges, British-Lebanese artist Natalie Naccache’s “Iftar” series and Emirati artist Ammar Al Attar’s series “Prayer Rooms”.
Al Attar is presenting a series of photographs of prayer rooms tucked away in places such as shopping malls, parking lots and business centers around the UAE and other Gulf countries. The artist has focused on capturing the atmosphere of these small, serene, simple spaces. Degiorgis, who is based in Bolzano, has been documenting “hidden” mosques in northern Italy as part of an ongoing independent project that he began in 2009. Although Italy is home to 1.35 million Muslims, there are only eight mosques in the entire country. Therefore, Muslim communities meet in ad hoc, makeshift mosques ‘hidden’ inside old factories, deserted buildings, garages, shops, supermarkets and even gyms to offer prayers. Degiorgis is displaying some of his photographs along with a book that he has published, “Hidden Islam”.
Naccache, the well-known British-Lebanese photojournalist and documentary photographer, steps outside the prayer room to explore the idea of ritual as a manifestation of spiritual equality. Her series “Iftar” looks at the way families in Lebanon, including her own extended family, celebrate this important meal time, after ending the fast during the month of Ramadan.
“Observing the Ritual” will run at Gulf Photo plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, until August 27.