Chemistry of Feeling
Chemistry of Feeling
2021 Community Exhibition
On view from 12 July
Gulf Photo Plus is pleased to announce the opening of Chemistry of Feeling, our 2021 Community Exhibition which celebrates analog photography. Opening on Monday, 12 July at 7pm at Gulf Photo Plus, the exhibition is the result of a global open call, which attracted nearly 800 submissions from over 50 countries across 5 continents.
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With everything at a precarious standstill, the world, no longer anchored to the cog and-wheel 24-hour cycle of work and commercial imperative, observed moments of quiet solitude interspersed with eruptions of global upheaval, whether mediated through screens, or experienced within the proximity of one’s own neighborhood. Photographers channeled this sense of precarity to explore analog’s creative potential in the digital age as a kind of nostrum to the future’s barreling uncertainties, and perhaps even to take comfort in its romanticized reputation as a nostalgic relic of a more ‘certain’ past. Finding connections between what has been a tough year on human relationships and photography, Chemistry of Feeling locates exquisite moments of heightened feeling, slowed pace, unravelling personal and political revolutions, and candescent personal storytelling in film format.
As the largest community exhibition to ever take place at GPP, the space is being used in its entirety to accommodate almost 100 images from around the world. Submissions were received from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Lebanon, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
‘Narrowing the photo submissions was a very meticulous and slow process as our open call committee went through a blind selection process with two cycles of thorough consideration for what had been submitted to us by so many talented and promising photographers based internationally,’ said Mohamed Somji, Director of Gulf Photo Plus. ‘Though the show will feature the work of well-known photographers in the region, for many, this will be their first time displaying work in an exhibition. We are also looking forward to showcasing work by the kids from Sirkhane Darkroom, who’s film photography will also be exhibited as part of our special collaboration with the NGO.’
Aiming to diversify representation of analog photography in the region, Gulf Photo Plus is realizing the exhibition in partnership with the regional analog communities, The Darkroom Cairo and Darkroom Amman, who will be taking part in Chemistry of Feeling, as well as Sirkhane Darkroom, whose mission is to provide refugee children residing in Turkey more cultural opportunities, and access to creative and visual education in photography.
The photographers in this exhibition are Huda Abdulmughni, Jandri Angelo Aguilor, Maryam al-Khasawneh, Mohammed Alkouh, Nasser Alzayani, Razan Alzayani, Aqib Anwar, Dima Assad, Alex Atack, Jed Bacason, Stefan Bendik, Sama Beydoun, Hasan Ibrahim Belal, Mariela Bobba, Zubiya Burney, Andrew Chris David, Kirsten Sands Decker, Aline Deschamps, Martha Diaz-Adam, Alexander Milan Durie, Aliah ElSewedy, Timothy Fadek, Manu Ferneini, Lamya Gargash, Gabriel Gauffre, Abdulrahman Haitham, Mohammed Hammad, Raz Hansrod, Abdullah Zeyn Hassan, Lina Hawash,
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Yasmina Hilal, Amina Kadous, Joanna Kahi, Ahmed Khaled, Lina Khalid, Jamila Ayman Khalifa, Nadine Khalife, Jana Khoury, M’hammed Kilito, Benjamin Kirby, Camilia Kobaissy, Niki Kohandel, Nadine Al Koudsi, Stefanie Kulisch, Kirsty Larmour, Nanni Licitra, Sherif Magdy, Aref Massalha, Ali Mohamed, Marwan Mowaffak, Michaela Nagyidaiová, Sara Naim, Tsele Nthane, Khalid Odeh, Tamara Saade, Celine Salibi, Camille Segura, Yassine Sellame, Kristina Sergeeva, Karim Shaaban, Sumeja Tulic, Mira Varg, and children of Sirkhane Darkroom.
Additionally, there are a number of exciting Arabic language talks to be announced following the opening of the exhibition, which the general Arabic-speaking public can join.
We are also continuing to support analog photographers through educational programs and other resources. Analog lovers can attend the GPP Shooting & Developing workshop, where they can learn how to shoot and affordably develop black and white film, taking place on Friday, 30 July. GPP’s community also has access to the UAE’s largest selection of film, as well as high quality scanning and developing services with both local and international film labs.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Gulf Photo Plus
Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) is Dubai’s center for photography, a community organization cultivating visual practices and cultural production locally in the UAE, and internationally, across the wider MENASA region. GPP engages, educates, and inspires with exhibitions, educational workshops, art programs, community events, state-of-the-art printing services and specialized resources. As part of our commitment to developing regional visual and critical literacy, we provide opportunities for emerging talent and the wider community to partake in free artist talks, seminars, panel events, portfolio reviews, screenings, photo walks, and more. GPP has garnered a reputation as a leader in photography events both in the Gulf region and internationally, with the region’s longest-running international photography event, GPP Photo Week, and SlideFest evenings where developing artists can share projects and find further inspiration.
Darkroom Amman is a project that aims to revive the craft of analogue photography. The project specializes in manual photo processing services – film development and darkroom photo enlargement – and extends the culture of using darkroom as a place for creating visual content. In addition to experimenting with alternative photographic techniques and offering its
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space to host artworks of Jordanian and regional artists. One of Darkroom Amman’s interests is the visual archive of the region and collaborating with other institutes and artists who work in the creative industry.
Sikhane Darkroom ı̇s a mobile photography project under Her Yerde Sanat – Sirkhane, we established Sirkhane Darkroom in 2017 for vulnerable and under-privileged children residing in south east of turkey, a few kilometers away from the Syrian border. In the darkroom, children learn to develop a visual idea and tell a story through photography while maintaining the originality of their vision. Storytelling and the art of photography combined can generate a strong form of education which is proven to be healing for children who have witnessed violence, poverty, and war. Photography as an art also embodies and develops numerous skills in children from sparking creativity to the technical aspect of an art such as developing photos.
The Darkroom Cairo
The Darkroom Cairo is an analogue photography hub located in Downtown in the heart of Cairo. It was founded by Mohamed Abdelwahab and Omar Magdy in 2017, and since then it’s been offering its services and workshops to the ever-growing analogue photography community in Egypt. The Darkroom Cairo offers all your analogue photography needs in one place: developing, scanning, analogue cameras, and films. Not only that but it also offers informative workshops periodically about things such as developing, printing, and photography alternative techniques, all done with a passionate love for analogue photography and a vision to keep it alive for long while continuously informing and broadening the community.
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