Xposure 2022 exhibitions mark a celebration of culture, adventure, beauty and more
Sharjah: The sixth edition of the Xposure International Photography Festival, a premier global event dedicated to celebrating the art of photography, will bring to Sharjah a wide range of stunning images from around the world that cross genres and formats and celebrate culture, beauty, adventure and humanity.
Held for the first time over seven days from February 9-15 at Expo Center Sharjah, Sharjah’s annual celebration of photography will host solo and group exhibitions showcasing a diverse range of photographic talent, including emerging contemporary photographers and established all over the world.
Emirates Falcons Photography Society speaks to the soul of viewers through “Desert” which showcases the natural environment and beauty of the Arabian Desert, while “PSA Omnibus” mainly features works by local members of the Photographic Society of America (PSA).
Photographers from around the world whose images best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence will be represented in the “Global Peace Photo Award” exhibition, while images under “Siena International Photography Awards” feature works by professional and amateur photographers from all over the world.
“Into The Wild” is an exhibition from PhotoWalk Connect that explores wildlife photography through images of the wild and rugged landscapes of Kenya’s Masai Mara and an exciting array of creatures large and small. In “Revolution”, the visual evolution of the evolution of pop style is encapsulated through the defining images of the decade of the 1960s by three photographers – Terry O’Neill, Gered Mankowitz and Ed Caraeff.
The fascinating collection of images under ‘Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY)’ depicts various photographic styles including reportage, editorial, advertising, documentary, and offers insight into the stories behind these award-winning photographs. .
Steve McCurry’s most memorable body of work, showcasing the perfect combination of light, composition and tonality and expressing the essence of humanity, is part of a retrospective titled “Iconic”. These images, shot over four decades, tell stories that cross the boundaries of language and culture.
Acclaimed photojournalist James Nachtwey’s ‘Unvanquished’ puts a human face to the social and political narratives of our time and documents history in the making through four decades of capturing conflict, disaster and disease across the globe, while the destruction and the humanitarian tragedy of war and its impact on human lives is eloquently portrayed in Muhammed Muheisen’s “Life and War” and Jana Andert’s “Inside the war on ISIS”.
Michel Rawicki offers an in-depth look at a region of the planet that is at the heart of climate change in “Call of the Cold”; Omar Havana talks about the struggles and resilience of the people of Nepal after a devastating earthquake in ‘Endurance’; Lurie Belegurschi captures the retreat of Icelandic glaciers in “Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice”; and Jordan Hammond shows the diversity of life found on the islands of Bali, Java and Sumbawa in “Indonesia”.
Ibrahim Iqbal, based in Bangladesh, raises issues of universal health care, disease prevention and unmet needs of lower socio-economic strata at ‘Aamar Hospital’; “Innocents” by Garcia de Marina is a symbolic representation of the prejudices and injustices of society; while in ‘Argish. Long way home’, Daniel Kordan captures the annual migration of people from the Yamal region of Russia.
George Georgiou criss-crossed 24 cities across the United States covering 26 parades to bring people, families, movement and a sea of sound to life in “Americans Parade”; Frank Fournier portrays the fiery charm of New York in the mid-1970s in “Red Eye”; while Tariq Zaidi reveals the fashion culture of the capitals of Congo Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville in ‘Sapeurs: Mesdames et Messieurs du Congo’.
Chris Rainier observes the deep spiritual significance and powerful connection of cultures around the world with ‘Mask’ and Biljana Jurukovski shares the beauty of the body paint and extravagant decorations of the tribes of Africa’s Omo Valley in ‘Tribal Muses – The Vanguard of the Tribal World’.
Kiran Ridley documents the human face of a social movement in “Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests: The Revolution of Our Time”; Gonçalo Fonseca’s images covering a period of 5 years show “How Portugal won the war on drugs”; Diego Ibarra Sánchez’s “Phoenician Collapse” is an intimate examination of Lebanon’s complex social mosaic at the time of an ongoing national economic crisis; and Debi Cornwall’s “Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay” is a gripping exhibition marked by empathy and dark humor that investigates the human experience of prisoners and detention center guards.
The empty streets of Moscow – once a metropolis that never slept – become a visual metaphor for the changes brought about by the 2020 pandemic in Sergey Ponomarev’s ‘Moscow: The Great Void’; while Alan Schaller focuses on moments of positivity during COVID-19 in “Life Must Go On.”
Mogens Trolle zooms in on the faces and eyes of primates to capture their unique personalities in “Eye Contact”; Alain Schroeder launches an appeal to “Save the orangutans”; Aaron Gekoski Highlights Human-Animal Conflict To Portray ‘Wildlife In Crisis’; Jasper Doest Focuses on a Caribbean Flamingo to Highlight the Importance of Wildlife Protection in ‘Meet Bob’; and through “The Photo Ark”, Joel Sartore documents the amazing diversity of the world to inspire people to help save endangered species before it’s too late.
‘Andrew Prokos: New Abstraction’ features award-winning images of the fine art photographer’s large-scale architectural abstract prints; “Steven Brooke: Views of Rome and Miami” is the architectural photographer’s unique take on the historic architecture and neighborhoods of two magnificent cities; Majid Al Bastaki captures the beauty of the United Arab Emirates in ‘Now & Then – Celebrating 50 Golden Years’; while in “Uncluttered Sobriety II”, Sajin Sasidharan uses strong contrast in minimalist scenes to reveal incredible architectural details.
The beauty of macro photography comes to life in “The Hidden Beauty of Seeds and Fruits” by visual artist Levon Biss; Vineet Vohra transforms familiar scenes into something poetic and mystical in “Serendipity”; and Vidhyaa Chandramohan’s ‘UAE Female Falconers: Breaking Stereotypes’ evocatively captures the spirit of Emirati women entering a historically male-dominated hobby.
Four ocean explorers, researchers and storytellers will showcase the beauty and devastation that occurs in all ocean ecosystems through a series of exhibits titled “Ocean Mysteries”, “Our Water Planet”, “Secrets of the Whales” and “Two Worlds – Above and Below the Sea’ Underwater photographers drawing attention to marine conservation include Brian Skerry, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes and Laurent Ballesta
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