Now in it's 15th edition, GPP Slidefest is an evening of inspiring photography presentations by talented locally based photographers. Each photographer takes the stage to share their personal photography project with the audience, inviting questions and further discussion. Afterwards we all head down the street to Story rooftop for a chance to mix and mingle!
Find out more about who will be presenting below:
Gaar Adams is an American journalist and photographer based in the UAE and working throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. Adams has spent over five years in the Arab world – including extensive time in Yemen – and is co-author of a forthcoming Yemen travel guide. Over the past three years, Adams has documented the dying sport of Mallakhamb in Maharasthra, India; the struggling national gymnastics program in Sana’a, Yemen; the thriving Pehlwani wrestling competitions of the South Asian diaspora in Dubai, UAE; and the enduring ritual-performances of Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, and Mohiniyattam, in Kerala, India. The intentions
of this ongoing project have been primarily to investigate the
nuance between sport and theatrics.
Franck has been a documentary photographer for 14 years. He divides his time between his family, his personal long-term projects, his wedding photo-reportages, and “item”, the photography agency he co-founded in 2001, dedicated to concerned documentary photography. Over the years, he joined international structures such as WPJA, ISPWP, BOWP or Fearless. Thursday 5th of December 2013, Jacob Zuma, the actual South African president, announces Mandela has died, and that he would be given a state funeral. During 10 days, a whole nation would pay its last respects to the Father of the Nation. Franck Boutonnet documented this last journey, from Johannesburg, Pretoria and to Kunu, in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, the ancestral home of Nelson Mandela.
Sarah Dea is a Canadian born, Chinese photographer working from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is currently a staff photojournalist at an English language newspaper based out of Abu Dhabi. "Mohammed" is a portrait series of different men from a variety of different backgrounds, bearing the same name. It is one of the most common given names in the world, yet each Mohammed is unique and has a story to tell.
Saadia Mahmud and Bernard Menettrier de Jollin
Saadia is a UAE based travel, street and portrait photographer. After 23 years of working in financial markets, she had a meltdown, quit her day job and now only makes pictures. She loves to travel and capture life as she sees it. It's a surprise to all who know Bernard that he is a photographer. After all, once you get to know him, you realize he’s shortsighted, astigmatic and color-blind. He’s been a corporate guy for the past 30 years and spends most of his weekends prowling the streets. Bernard enjoys portraits and street photography above all. Bernard and Saadia met at GPP in March 2014, spend a lot of time together making pictures, drinking coffee and generally enjoying each other’s photographic personality. They will be presenting together a photographic project called Transformation which focuses on the demolition of Dubai's Defence Colony, a housing compound established in early 70s next to a large military camp in Dubai, primarily for the UAE’s military families.
Anna Maria Nielsen
Anna is a danish photographer based in Dubai. She graduated from a degree in photojournalism in 2012 in the UK and has since divided her time between working on personal projects and commissions for news papers. Her work focuses on social documentary and often focuses on female protagonists. Anna will be presenting a project titled Young British Converts, which follows the lives of three young British women who are all living a new life as Muslim converts in the UK. Based in the South West of the UK the women are facing the reaction of their conversions from their relatives, friends, colleges and fellow students who all have had a hard time accepting the
decision they have made.
Sreeranj is a travel, documentary & culture photographer originally from the state of Kerala in India currently working and residing in Dubai. His passion lies in creating images that communicate a strong sense of place and cultural awareness of the people and the country. Sreeranj will be presenting a project about the Vedic School of Kerala, India, one of the oldest institutions in India that continues to teach Vedas (ancient Indian scripts). Located in the heart of Thrissur, Kerala, the research centre is believed to be one of the four Madhas established by Adi Shankara's disciples and is estimated to have been established over 400 years ago.
Originally from Canada, Larry Towell is an award winning Magnum photographer who has spent a considerable amount of time living with different communities in order to document a theme he describes as 'landlessness'. In 1996 Towell completed a project based on ten years of reportage in El Salvador, followed the next year by a book on the Palestinians. His fascination with landlessness also led him to the Mennonite migrant workers of Mexico, an eleven-year project completed in 2000.
Originating in Europe in the sixteenth century, the Mennonites are a Protestant religious sect, related to the Amish. Rather than compromise their way of life, they have continually been forced to migrate around the world to maintain their freedom to live as they choose. The greatest numbers are now found in Mexico, and many live or regularly migrate to work in rural Canada. The project Larry will be sharing remotely at Slidefest will be his series on Mennonites in Canada.