Qatar’s East Wing to open at Paris Photo 2012 this week

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Mother, daughter, doll by Boushra Almutawakel
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Mother, daughter, doll by Boushra Almutawakel

This year the Paris Photo exhibition features 4 days of conferences directed by Roxana Marcoci, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Created in 1996, the event is the most prestigious art fair dedicated to historical and contemporary photography and is structured as an experimental platform for critical discussions and robust debates about the expanding field of photography.

Participants featured in this year’s event include an international roster of leading artists, architects, filmmakers, cultural historians, and theorists in the field exchanging ideas on the relational contexts in which photography operates today.

Aiming to generate new perspectives, East Wing, an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar will open at this year’s event on November 15th at the Grand Palais.

East Wing will be presenting an innovative curatorial program centering on contemporary photography – with new views on topics that matter through pioneering photography and art.

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Specialist Tad Donoho by Tim Hetherington

Directed by Elie Domit and Hester Keijser, visitors can expect to see works by Boushra Almutawakel, Tiane Doan na Champassak, Antje Hanebeck, Gert Jochems, Masood Kamandy, Bas Princen, Larissa Sansour, Newsha Tavakolian, Benoit Vollmer.

Selected work by Gert Jochems and Tiane Doan na Champassak will be part of the “Paris Photo seen by…” and Bas Princen and Masood Kamandy will collaborate on creating a custom designed installation of their work as well.

East Wing will also present their first commissioned project, Radiant, a portfolio box celebrating the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. It contains 11 heliogravures by Antje Hanebeck paired with quotations from Ibn Al Haytham’s Book of Optics. Radiant is designed by Olivier Andreotti from Toluca Editions.

Originating from the Arab world, East Wing curates and commission contemporary photography projects all around the world with plans to present these projects at exhibitions, art fairs, educational events, and in publications.

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Tatjana Veiled Head by Herb Ritts

The works exhibited aim to surprise, trigger curiosity and reflect on existing views with the organizers constantly scouting the latest talent in the region while also helping collectors build meaningful collections.

Visit the East Wing stand between November 15 – 18, 2012 at the Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, Booth D2.

Hermoine Macura is the first Australian female English speaking TV News Anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermoine was one of the main Anchor’s on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her first book, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST was published in 2010.

Faces of the Middle East by Hermoine Macura

FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a book that aims to introduce the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture.

Neither a definitive story nor a political statement, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST, is the culmination of more then seven years of Photojournalism that documents the existence and rich diversity present in the region.

Order a copy online at www.straightstreetmedia.ae

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