Abdulaziz Al Qahtani: An Intimate Geography, London, UK, 2/12/2010 – 19/1/2011

Posted by admin on 2nd December 2010  /   Posted in Exhibitions, Exhibitions in 2010

Lahd Gallery is proud to premiere Abdulaziz Al Qahtani: An Intimate Geography, a solo exhibition by celebrated Saudi photographer artist Abdulaziz Al Qahtani. In a never-revealed-before expose of social taboos, Al Qahtani will show a series of taboo inspired photographs for the very first time in London and the exhibition promises to be an exciting exploration of taboos in contemporary Middle Eastern society.

Employing a broad spectrum of captivating visuals, Al Qahtani illustrates the relationship and interaction between Middle Eastern women and Western societies. The categorisation of taboos will be challenged and any such boundaries broken down. We all know that taboos are society’s way of labeling and informing, and how often they are used to conceal an underlying truth. Even when contemporary standards of social decorum are brought into question, any such categorisation is futile as societies are not static, but rather fluid across time and space.

The exhibition provides the opportunity for thorough self-examination and critique. It traces one artist’s fascination with social taboos and provokes questions about the complexities of contemporary Middle Eastern society. Seen together, the controversial photographs comprise a kind of societal portrait, but only from a different perspective. Abdulaziz Al Qahtani: An Intimate Geography shows why taboos may in fact be the only way for us to learn and rediscover our true human nature.

Abdulaziz Al Qahtani lives and works in London. Besides art and photography, he devotes his time to fashion design.

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