Realism in Rawiya - Exhibition and Symposium

Realism in Rawiya presents the work of the first all-female photographic collective to emerge from the Middle East, Rawiya. Operating within what is still a predominantly male-dominated industry, and one fraught with politics, the group credits pooling resources and talents for their rapidly developing profile throughout the Middle Eastern region and beyond. Following on from their success at FORMAT photography festival in 2011, this exhibition marks Rawiya’s first major group exhibition in the UK.
Each artist established their individual careers as photojournalists, working for news agencies and publications across the Arab world. By living and reporting in the region, the photographers gained an insider’s view of the extremities of these settings, whilst also observing how their reportage could become reframed in the international media’s final edit of events. This shared experience inspired the members to create their own platform, to present what they felt to be the wider political and social stories currently going unseen.
Presented as a collective body of work which bridges the worlds of documentary and art, this exhibition captures the vision of the Rawiya: a multitude of stories and first-hand accounts which challenge the status quo of racism and orientalism often presented in mainstream media. With a specific focus on gender and identity, the exhibition presents a thoughtful view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes.

Associated Event: Symposium
She Who Tells a Story: Narratives of Creativity by Women from the Middle East

Fri 15 Feb 2013

This half-day symposium will explore the rich variety of ways in which women working across the Middle East, and across various creative practices (art, literature, film, journalism, blogging, curating), have sought to tell their and others’ stories.

Reflecting on issues such as the politics of self-representation, the challenges and possibilities afforded by their identities as women, and the nature of their creative practice, the symposium seeks to construct a range of interdisciplinary, transnational conversations through which women are able to explore the ways their stories intersect and diverge, constructing dynamic narratives of creativity, gender and representation within the Middle East.

Admission: £10 (£8 concessions) including light refreshments. Please book in advance as places are limited to 65. To book please call NAE’s box office: 0115 9248630.
Realism in Rawiya  - Exhibition and Symposium

Event Title: Realism in Rawiya - Exhibition and Symposium
Postcode: New Art Exchange, 39–41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE
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