Pictures that Tell a Different Story about the Middle East to Go on Exhibit at Corp Executive Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha
Pictures that Tell a Different Story about the Middle East to Go on Exhibit at Corp Executive Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha.
- (1888PressRelease) June 01, 2011 - A new photography exhibition at Corp Executive Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha - Dubai will showcase striking images from across the Middle East captured by photojournalist Hermoine Macura during her seven years of travels across the region. Opening on June 8, the exhibition will run until June 28, 2011 and will display photographs from Hermoine's newly launched book Faces of the Middle East.
Through her pictures Hermoine aspires to help bridge the region's cultural differences and promote understanding. She stresses, "Faces of the Middle East" is a book that goes beyond the national and political boundaries to bring together the people of the region through photographs. I have been told it is too utopian. However, my greatest desire is to see peace in the region. I hope this project helps to create dialogue and open people's minds to understanding each other better."
Hermoine, who hails from Australia and is a news anchor on Dubai One TV's flagship show, Emirates News, sees the Middle East differently. "The Middle East is far more than a monolithic culture. There's a lot more to the region than what we normally see or hear. In fact, it is a richly diverse area that has played a big role in shaping the world and continues to do so. My photographs are neither a definitive story nor a political statement. Rather these are regular people and faces you would find on the streets in cities across the region, that tell a different story. My subjects are ordinary people who have ordinary dreams and aspirations. And I think it's important to focus on the common human thread of humanity to understand the region despite the massive political, economic and cultural awakening."
As Hermoine flips through the pages of her book, she relives every moment. "There were times when I was moved to tears as I listened to real life situations and experiences people had endured during the political unrest and conflicts that had taken place in some countries such as Iraq. At other times I was amazed, especially by women who have inspired me the most, with their courage, faith and endurance, despite the circumstances."
Aamir Pervez, General Manager, Corp Executive Hotel Apartments - Al Barsha, says, "Pictures are the most persuasive language. Great photojournalism changed the world in the past and it can do it again. We want people to see Hermoine's images and embrace her message of understanding and peace."
On display at Corp Executive Hotel Apartments will be over 30 photographs in addition to some unique accessories. Part of the collection is also a series of artistic impressions which are a special collector's edition. The 'Faces of the Middle East' Apartment Art, collection are acrylic works and images that would fit into any home. Says Hermoine, "The Apartment Art collection are pieces that unfold volumes before your eyes - simple and beautiful. Something you can live with comfortably because it's so unpretentious."
Faces of the Middle East has been published by UAE based COVA group and is available at most good bookstores across the country. A series of exhibitions are being organized regionally and internationally to coincide with the book's regional and international release.
For more information about the book visit: www.facesofthemiddleeast.com
For more information about Corp Executive Hotel please visit www.corp-albarsha.com