Explore the Middle East at London photography exhibition


With a whole host of exhibitions ranging from costume and photography to art and design, it’s not hard to see why the Victoria and Albert museum is one of the most popular London attractions for visitors to the capital.

And if you’re in London over the next few months a stop-off at the V&A is a must, as the museum will be hosting the fascinating and thought-provoking Light from the Middle East: New Photography exhibition.

Running from November 13th until April 7th 2013, this free exhibition features the work of contemporary Middle Eastern photographers who have documented the social changes and political turmoil the region has experienced.

“In the past few years contemporary photographic practice from and about the Middle East has been some of the most exciting, innovative and varied art anywhere in the world,” said Marta Weiss, curator of the exhibition.

“The exhibition will celebrate the creative and sophisticated ways that contemporary artists use photography to respond to the complexities of the Middle East.”

More than 90 photographs are exhibited, featuring work by 30 artists from 13 countries, illustrating a range of techniques including documentary desert photography, photojournalism and digitally altered images.

The exhibition will be divided up into three key themes – Recording, Reframing and Resisting – each of which will demonstrate a range of responses to the turmoil in the region.

Internationally established photographers will be displayed alongside emerging talents, documenting political upheavals that have shaped the Middle East over the past 20 years including the recent revolution in Egypt.

“This new collection of photography created by the V&A and the British Museum with Art Fund support is being formed at a time of profound change in the Middle East,” added art fund director Stephen Deuchar.

“Artists and photographers, as cultural commentators, are themselves amongst the agents of change.”