Al Quoz creative hub Gulf Photo Plus is holding a fascinating exhibition by Laura El-Tantawy.
The British-Egyptian photographer, who divides her time between London and Cairo, began working on In the Shadow of the Pyramids in 2005 when she felt compelled to explore Egyptian identity in the hope of coming to terms with her own. Guided by childhood memories, her photographs are not meant to be objective observations of a nation, but rather personal reflections of Egypt through her own eyes.
A first-person perspective exploring memory and identity, the images it features span 2005 to 2014, spanning the most turbulent period in Egypt’s recent history. What began as a look in the mirror to understand the essence of Egyptian identity expanded into an exploration of the trials and tribulations of a turbulent nation, and the result is dark, sentimental and passionate.
The work was published last week as a book under the same title – juxtaposing the innocence of the past with the obscurity of the present, it has been edited to give the impression of a claustrophobic one-night stay in Egypt. A peaceful and tranquil day suddenly turns violent and chaotic, until a new dawn rises and there’s hope again.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids reflects on the emotions, dreams and realities shared by a nation at a pivotal moment of history.
INFO: Thu 5 Mar-Sat 4 Apr, Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, D36, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2015. Laura El-Tantawy will lead a masterclass workshop from Sat 7-Mon 9 March as part of the GPP2015 Dubai Photography Festival. Her workshop will focus on mentoring photographers working on long-term personal photography projects. More information about the workshop can be found at www.gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2015