Friday, June 13, 2008

Photography Exhibition: Ten Years of Photography in Egypt (modern Egypt)

Egypt Daily Star News (Laura Kasinof)

Coptic priests, Bedouin women, and a blue-tinted photo of famous belly dancer Dina’s renowned tummy — these are some of the subjects of the latest photography exhibition on display at the German Embassy in Zamalek.

“Ten Years of Photography in Egypt,” an exhibition by German artist Claudia Wiens, opened last Monday, featuring 25 photographs — in color as well as black and white.

The featured photographs do not share a unifying theme; rather, their subjects cover an array of settings and feature people from all walks of life within Egyptian society: the wealthy and the poor, from Cairo and from rural areas.

When asked about the message she wanted to convey to her audience with her work, Wiens said, “My approach, especially in Egypt, is to show normal, daily life. In the big media, there is always a focus on war, terrorism, fundamentalism, suppressed women — all these stereotypes.”

The exhibition is part of the embassy’s 18-month-long efforts to promote cultural and artistic exchange between Egypt and Germany by presenting works of artists from both countries.

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