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Egyptian artist's project to open photography festival in Dubai

Gulf Photo Plus 2015 (GPP2015), inaugurates the Dubai Photography Festival with Laura El-Tantawi’s project In the Shadow of the Pyramids

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Mar 2015
Laura El-Tantawi
Photograph from In the Shadow of the Pyramids (Photo: courtesy of Laura El-Tantawi)
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With a book under the same title recently published, in the Shadow of the Pyramids is El-Tantawi’s photography project which is an eight-year long personal quest through memory and identity, set against the backdrop of her native country, Egypt.

Living between London and Cairo, El-Tantawi started the project as means to connect to a homeland she felt unfamiliar with, revisiting photographs from her childhood. The project expanded to a period of 8 years, reflecting her personal experience of a country in political flux.

With a body of work featured in international publications, including Time Magazine and National Geographic, El-Tantawi will be guiding a workshop during the festival geared towards mentoring photographers interested in personal, long-term projects.

The annual festival at GPP includes a day of photography seminars, titled Photo Friday, alongside the weeklong exhibition, which will present juried works by both young and professional photographers.

Programme:
The exhibition opens on 5 March, at 7:00 pm, and will run from 6-13 March
GPP gallery space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

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