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GPP Slidefest VII

Posted on: Sat May 5th, 2012

Join us Wed, May 16 at 7pm in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium for GPP Slidefest VII.  Entrance is FREE and no registration is required.  Come at 7pm to mix and mingle with fellow photography enthusiasts, presentations start at 7:30pm.  Also, its become a habit to go to the nearby Vista Restaurant and Lounge at the Holiday Inn for refreshments. All are welcome.

The seventh edition of GPP Slidefest serves up eight compelling photography projects by the following presenters (click on the name to see their website):

Aya Atoui & Manal Elias
Basel Badran
Lamya Gargash
Kamran Jebreili
Belinda Muller
Sara Naim
Issa Saleh AlKindy
Ashkan Shafaati
 

 

What is GPP Slidefest? It's an evening of photography presentations (digitally projected) by local and regionally based artists, showing original work that takes the form of a central theme or narrative.  

Each presenter has roughly 5 minutes to introduce their personal project, after which the audience is welcome to ask questions and generate further discussion.  The time limit keeps things moving, and offers an opportunity to show a variety of work throughout the evening.

From the humble beginnings of GPP Slidefest, in a small room a couple of years ago, GPP Slidefest has grown into it's own entity with an audience that can number in the hundreds.  It's a good thing the Dubai Knowledge Village auditorium is huge!

Projects introduced at this edition of GPP Slidefest include a wide range of photographic generas.  Included below are further details related to each individual presentation.

Aya Atoui & Manal Elias 
Presenting a collaborative project, Atoui and Elias will show work documenting projections they set up and photographed here in Dubai.  Playing on the ephemerality of temporary installations, the project evokes the eternal flux of a city in a constant state of change.
 
 
Basel Badran
 In 2010, the Abdulrazzaq Badran Photography Award was established, an annual recurring event in co-operation with the Jordan Photography Society, honoring the memory of a pioneer Palestinian-Jordanian photographer, cinematographer, educator & artist.  Basel Badran, the late Abdulrazzaq Badran's son, will be presenting a collection of his father's battlefield coverage as a photo-journalist of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948.
 
Lamya GargashWith her first solo show recently having opened at The Third Line gallery, Gargash will speak about her series Through the Looking Glass, that examines identity, perception and acceptance in modern day society. A representative of the inaugural UAE Pavilion during the 2009 Venice Biennale, Gargash unveils a new body of work that addresses societal notions of beauty, intimate perceptions of self and identity through a diptych portrait series.
 
Kamran Jebreili
Self trained photographer, Kamran Jebreili was born in Iran in 1957 and started to take pictures in 1976.  As a freelance young photographer, he covered the Iranian revolution and Iran-Iraq war and currently works for the Gulf regional photographer of the Associated Press based in Dubai.  For Slidefest VII, Jebreili will present images of Abyaneh, an ancient village on the Western border of the central desert of Iran with a history that spans 1500 years. 

Belinda Muller
A freelance photographer based in Dubai, Belinda Muller recently visited Deira to capture the Kushti Wrestling matches, originating from in India and Pakistan and practiced here in Dubai every Friday on an open sandy strip across the Fish Market.  Muller captures the participants in action as well as the spectators surrounding, sharing her experience of the sport.
 
Sara Naim
Sara Naim is an international artist, exhibiting in London, Dubai, Cologne, New York City, and Guernsey, whilst currently living and working in Dubai.  For GPP Slidefest she plans to present her multiple-veined series developed from the idea of photographing the "intangible".  Using liquid to portray sound, e-xrays to beautify defect, and skin cells to contemplate boundaries, Naim explores elements of  existence that are unusually challenging to portray visually.

Issa Saleh AlKindy
Omani born, Issa  AlKindy is a freelance photographer who works and lives between the UAE and Oman.  In speaking about his latest project he explained, "I read somewhere that Immature is what broken people call fun people".  The Rubber Chicken Project is a lighthearted reminder that just because you've grown up, doesn't mean you have to loose your sense of playfulness!

Ashkan Shafaati
A self-taught photographer, Dubai based Ashkan Shafaati began his series titled "Planet X" in 2011 inspired by the impressive architectural interests and multiple construction sites found throughout Dubai.  He observed each site, seemingly operating as if it were its own universe, reminding him of the culturally diverse population of Dubai.  Each individual resident of the Emirate appears to have a unique story, a completely different existence, like an unknown planet.