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The Shortest Distance Between Us: Stories from the Arab Documentary Photography Program
This is the headline exhibition of the 15th GPP Photo Week, presented by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Alserkal Avenue, and Gulf Photo Plus, in association with the Prince Claus Fund and Magnum Foundation. The exhibition, curated by Jessica Murray of Al-liquindoi, features works by seven photographers who were awarded grants and commissions by the Arab Documentary Photography Program, which provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region. Ranging across a range of experimental styles of documentary storytelling, the exhibition allows the viewer to experience issues affecting the region without the tropes that so often dilute stories into statistics and visual repetition:
Stranded: On Life After Imprisonment: Elsie El Haddad followed men and women through their reentry into society after time in prison in Lebanon.
Intersections: Hicham Gardaf explores urban development in Morocco and its subsequent effects on society and identity.
Infertile Crescent: Nadia Bseiso documents a controversial pipeline that transports water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, exploring the effects of war and ecological turmoil in the once-fertile crescent of Mesopotamia.
Live, Love Refugee: Omar Imam (above) asked Syrian refugees to recreate and compose scenes of their dreams.
West of Life: Zied Ben Romdhane explores the phosphate mining villages of Tunisia, where poverty persists in spite of phosphate’s contribution to the Tunisian economy.
Moon Dust: Mohamed Mahdy recorded the impact of toxic dust from a cement factory on the surrounding residential neighbourhood in Wadi El Qamar, Alexandria.
Homemade: Heba Khalifa produced a sobering and honest examination of femaleness in Egyptian society.
The exhibition will be supported by artist talks plus an edition of GPP Slidefest on 5 February featuring additional recipients from the past four years of the ADPP.
The exhibition runs to 9 February.