Born in England to Egyptian parents, Laura El-Tantawy lived in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the US before returning to the UK where she currently lives and works. Having spent her life moving between East and West, her work portrays an intimate and emotive visual exploration of rootlessness. Her first publication, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, shared a personal and emotionally charged perspective of the Egyptian revolution, awarded Best Photobook at the 2015 Fotobookfestival in Kassel, Germany.
Picking up where her previous book left off, Beyond Here is Nothing is equally poignant but retreats from the public sphere into a private world, where the mental burden of loneliness and the constant search for belonging presents itself in the form of ambiguous visuals, ominous shadows, and subtle textures. El-Tantawy’s haunting imagery confronts the viewer with their own feelings of not belonging, but also with the beauty of it. See more work from Laura El-Tantawy here.
Meet the Artist
March 19th, 3pm: Hosted by Fully Booked in collaboration with GPP "In Dialogue: Laura El-Tantawy & Mashid Mohadjerin on the Photography Book as Exhibition Space" will take place at the Fully Booked Art Book Fair in Alserkal Avenue. The talk is free but registration is required and can be done here.
March 19th, 8pm: Join us for Galleries Night in Alserkal Avenue where El-Tantawy will be leading a guided tour through her exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus. No registration required, the tour is free and open to the public.