Sharjah’s Xposure festival celebrates culture and beauty
Fascinating photographs on display.
Gulf today, Journalist
The sixth edition of the Xposure International Photography Festival, a premier global event dedicated to celebrating the art of photography, will bring to Sharjah a wide range of stunning images from around the world that transcend genres and formats, and celebrate culture, beauty, adventure, and humanity.
First held over seven days February 9-15 at Expo Center Sharjah, the annual Sharjah Photography Celebration will host solo and group exhibitions showcasing a diverse range of photographic talent, including emerging contemporary photographers. and established all over the world.
From breathtaking nature-inspired visuals and stories that offer hope and inspiration to powerful visuals that offer fascinating insight into personal experiences, historical events and more, the exhibits at Xposure 2022 will engage audiences and attract a wider audience to the art and appreciation of photography. The annual festival also serves as a platform to propel the region’s emerging photographers onto the international stage.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Emirates Falcons Photography Society speaks to the souls of viewers through “Desert” which showcases the natural environment and beauty of the Arabian Desert while “PSA Omnibus” features works primarily by local chapter members from the Photographic Society of America (PSA).
Photographers from around the world whose photos best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence will be featured in the “Global Peace Photo Award” exhibition, while the images under “Siena International Photography Awards” feature works by professional and amateur photographers from all over the world.
“Into The Wild” is an exhibition by PhotoWalk Connect that explores wildlife photography through images of the rugged and rugged landscapes of Kenya’s Masai Mara and an exciting array of creatures large and small. In ‘Revolution’ the visual evolution of the evolution of the pop style is summarized through the defining images of the 1960s by three photographers – Terry O’Neill, Gered Mankowitz and Ed Caraeff.
The fascinating collection of images under “Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY)” describes different styles of photography including reportage, editorial, advertising, documentary and offers insight into the stories behind these award-winning photographs.
INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS: Steve McCurry’s most memorable set of works showcasing the perfect combination of light, composition and tone and which conveys the essence of humanity is part of a retrospective titled “Iconic”. These images, shot over four decades, tell stories that transcend the boundaries of language and culture.
Famous photojournalist James Nachtwey’s “Unvanquished” gives a human face to the social and political narratives of our time and documents the history being drawn through four decades of capturing conflict, disaster and disease across the world, while destruction and the humanitarian tragedy of war and its impact on human lives is eloquently portrayed in “Life and War” by Muhammed Muheisen and “Inside the war on ISIS” by Jana Andert.
Michel Rawicki offers an in-depth look at a region of the planet at the heart of climate change in “Call of the Cold”; Omar Havana talks about the struggles and resilience of the Nepalese people following a devastating earthquake in “Endurance”; Lurie Belegurschi captures the retreating Icelandic glaciers in “Iceland: the land of fire and ice”; and Jordan Hammond shows the diversity of life found on the islands of Bali, Java and Sumbawa in “Indonesia”.
Ibrahim Iqbal, based in Bangladesh, raises issues of universal health care, disease prevention and unmet needs of lower socio-economic strata of “Aamar Hospital”; Garcia de Marina’s “Innocents” are a symbolic representation of prejudices and injustices in society; while in ‘Argish. Long way home ‘, Daniel Kordan captures the annual migration of people from the Yamal region of Russia.
George Georgiou has toured 24 US cities spanning 26 parades to bring people, families, movement and a sea of sound to life in “Americans Parade”; Frank Fournier portrays the fiery charm of New York City in the mid-1970s in ‘Red Eye’; while Tariq Zaidi reveals the fashion culture of the capitals of Congo Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville in “Sapeurs: Mesdames et Messieurs du Congo”.
Chris Rainier observes the deep spiritual significance and powerful relationship of cultures around the world with ‘Mask’ and Biljana Jurukovski shares the beauty of body painting and extravagant decorations of the Omo Valley tribes in Africa in ‘Tribal Muses – The vanguard of the tribal world. ‘
Kiran Ridley documents the human face of a social movement in “Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests: The Revolution of Our Time”; Images by Gonçalo Fonseca covering a period of 5 years show “How Portugal won the war on drugs”; Diego Ibarra Sánchez’s “The Phoenician Collapse” is an intimate examination of the complex Lebanese social mosaic at the time of an ongoing national economic crisis; and “Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay” by Debi Cornwall is a compelling exhibit marked by empathy and dark humor that investigates the human experience of prisoners and detention center guards.