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Vantage Point Sharjah (VPS 11)

14 October


Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual photography exhibition returns for its 11th edition, featuring artists “whose work challenges established notions of photographic practices” – four individuals and one collective, chosen through an international open call that received more than 350 applications.

This year VPS identifies and supports early-career photographers from Africa and Asia (those who were born there, who are currently based there, or who are part of the diaspora). “The selected artists embody diverse approaches but share overlapping tendencies,” say the organisers, citing “the pursuit of contemporary image-making techniques, the recontextualisation of found or inherited images and engagement with the visual afterlives of colonialist legacies”:

  • Oumaima Abaraghe (b.1999, Casablanca) uses collage techniques and digital manipulation to reconstruct Morocco’s fragmentary colonial archive, signalling its inherent fallibility
  • Yashna Kaul (b.1995, Mumbai) unearths the secrets embedded in her family’s photo album and reveals how the framing of a moment can shape personal histories and collective memory.
  • Mohamed Mahdy (b.1996, Giza) uses emotive storytelling to document the displacement of the fishing community of El Maks, Alexandria, and captures the generational impact of urban redevelopment policies.
  • Clea Rekhou (b.1988, Paris) contrasts a series of soft-lit, intimate family portraits with narratives of generational violence, suggesting the complexity of human relationships.
  • Postbox GhanaNana Ofosu Adjei (b.1993, Accra), Courage Dzidula Kpodo (b.1999, Kumasi) and Manuela Nebuloni (b.1986, Milan) – resituate popular postcard images of post-independence Ghana within the country’s contemporary urban landscape and question the aspirations of nation-state imagery.

Works by these emerging artists will be displayed in two exhibition modes: independent presentations of the artists’ individual practices and a communal storytelling space that interweaves their combined practices.

VPS 11 also introduces a one-on-one professional mentoring programme. Participating artists will be paired with cultural practitioners or industry professionals of their choice so that they can improve their skills and take advantage of a unique learning experience led by experts in the field.

The exhibition is open 9am to 9pm, Saturday to Thursday, and 4-9pm on Friday; it runs to 14 January.

Above: Oumaima Abaraghe, History as they present it (2022)


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