By Solomon Nda-Isaiah
…Sharjah’s international photography festival allows new and emerging photographers from UAE and the world to showcase their talent before an international audience
In its efforts to promote new and emerging photographers from the UAE and globally, the International Photography Festival, Xposure, held from November 22 to 25 at Expo Centre Sharjah, will unveil its new ‘Photo Fair’ zone with 53 display panels, showcasing new talents alongside those of 32 internationally acclaimed photographers from around the world.
To qualify for one, to a maximum of four, of these 2.1m tall by 1m wide panels, applicants need to submit a digital version of their work intended for exhibition, to the festival curators. The cost of the panels has been supported and supplemented by the Festival hosts, Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). All details about the Photo Fair are available at the Xposure 2017 website https://xposure.ae/xposure-photo-fair/ .
The second edition of Xposure promises a region-wide engagement, and is an excellent opportunity for new players in the game to connect with the veterans in the field, as well as exhibit and sell their works on the same platform that will be showcasing some of the best works in photography from around the world including the UAE, Arab world, Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The four-day event is a one-of-its-kind opportunity in the region, especially in the fields of photography and fine arts in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region, to network and connect with major companies selling and buying rights, and meet with potential international agencies and investors who bring to the table keen industry insights, strategic business ideas and potential to collaborate on a variety of projects.
His Excellency Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau, said: “Xposure aims to establish itself as a global premium platform for photographers, an initiative that is line with Sharjah’s progressive commitment to support young, professional and aspiring artists in the fields of culture and art. The “Photo Fair” sends a clear message to all the emerging talents in the fields of photography that Xposure aims to represent them, their work and the entire photography industry.”
He added: “Our objective is to enable photographers participating with us at the festival a leading business network opportunity with global buyers, engage in the buying and selling of rights, art work and numerous photography related pieces.”
All of this is an added bonus to the invaluable experience and insights that the Festival will offer. From stunning nature and wildlife photography to portraits of political figures in action, to abstract artistic pieces and more, Xposure is a tastefully curated space of two dozen exhibitions, highlighting an artistic mishmash of individual and institutional works.
Xposure will feature the works of 18 internationally celebrated photographers, including British photographer Sir Don McCullin whose assignments included the Lebanese civil war, Northern Irish conflict and wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. McCullin’s platinum collection of rare pictures of high artistic and historical vale will also be displayed on the occasion. Canadian wildlife and nature photographer Paul Nicklen who won more than 30 prestigious international awards, will participate at the fair with 24 large size images, all in special editions.
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner will present his own photo exhibition titled “Time Line”, and Swedish photographer Erik Johansson will bring his exhibition titled “Beyond Mind. Among the much sought guest photographers is American Elia Locardi who will exhibit several creative pictures portraying various natural locations and heritage sites across the world at his exhibition “World’s Colours”? Participating from the Latin American countries is Mexican Cristina Mittermeier who illustrates through her exhibition “Water Side” the importance of protecting marine life.
Also participating are eminent British photographer Marcus Bleasdale, South African Brent Stirton, American Eli Reed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Palestinian photographer of Associated Press Muhammed Muheisen, Emirati Ali Khalifa Bin Thaleth, Egyptian Abdel Rahman Jabr, Graham Fink, Lorenzo Agius, Clive Arrowsmith, Alan Ranger, David Anthony and Rick Friedman.
Xposure 2017 will bring together a galaxy of renowned photographers and international and local experts to share their experiences with photography enthusiasts. The four-day event will include 26 photo exhibitions across different venues in Sharjah and Dubai.
The 2017 edition will see a gathering of 31 of the world’s most celebrated photographers and industry experts, and the launch of a Photo Fair giving collectors, buyers and the public the opportunity to buy some of the exhibition works by acclaimed artists. The festival will also host 25 seminars, lectures and live-stage events emphasising the incredible power and influence of photographs in transcending linguistic barriers and geographical boundaries.
Xposure 2017 is organised by Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). All details about the festival and its activities, workshops and artists are available at www.xposure.ae and on social media platforms through #xposurexpf.