Photography Exhibition Light from the Middle East
The V+A is once again leading the way with another suburb photography exhibition. Light from the Middle East offers up an incredibly insightful collection of images from photographers living in or having migrated from the Middle East. The result is a fascinating perspective on life and language in the region.
The collections on display in the exhibition are incredibly varied in their styling, techniques and subject matter. There is a complex battle visible between those that use the camera to capture stark reality and those that choose to distort it. These differing approaches break the exhibition down into three well defined sections: Recording, Reframing and Resisting.
The Recording section studies the images that portray reality. These range from commemorative images used to capture historic events to bare, honest images shining a light onto the lives of everyday people, often living in the worst of conditions. Nothing is taken at face value here however, and the exhibition does a great deal to explore the ways in which a photograph can trick or disorient.
According to the V+A website the artists in the Reframing section “appropriate or imitate images from the past in order to make statements about the present”. The creators of these images have gone to extraordinary lengths to reinvent old images and use them to reflect modern issues.
Scratched negatives and digitally altered images make up the thought provoking and awkward Resisting section. The website claims that: “These manipulations demonstrate the fragility of the photograph, whether at the hands of artists or censors. They also lay bare the power of photographic imagery to influence and control through propaganda or surveillance. These works resist photography’s claim to accuracy and authority”
The Light from the Middle East exhibition will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until the 7th of April, and we would highly recommend that you check it out.
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