Slidefest VII - 16th May 2012

The seventh edition of Slidefest organised by Gulf Photo Plus is back tomorrow in it's usual place, the Knowledge Village Auditorium. 

If you are not familiar with Slidefest, it's an event organised by Gulf Photo Plus where photographers present their personal projects in a variety of genres that can range from documentary projects to fine art, still-life and landscape images. The event also aims to bring photographers (amateurs and pros) and people from the photography community together where people can network, connect and share stories.

Here's the line up of presenters for this edition:

Ashkan Shafaati

A self-taught photographer, Ashkan Shafaati will present "Planet X" which was inspired by the architectural and multiple construction sites found throughout Dubai.  He observed each site, seemingly operating as if it were its own universe, reminding him of the culturally diverse population of Dubai.


Aya Atoui and Manal Elias


Atoui and Elias will show work documenting projections they set up and photographed in Dubai.  Playing on the ephemerality of temporary installations, the project evokes the eternal flux of a city in a constant state of change.


Basel Badran

© Abdulrazzaq Badran

© Abdulrazzaq Badran

Abdulrazzaq Badran, was a pioneer Palestinian-Jordanian photographer, cinematographer, educator and artist. His son, Basel Badran, will be presenting a collection of his father's battlefield coverage as a photo-journalist of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. He will also talk about the Abdulrazzaq Badran Photography Award that was established in 2010 in co-operation with the Jordan Photography Society.


Belinda Muller  


Belinda Muller is a Dubai based freelance photographer. She recently visited Deira to capture the Kushti Wrestling matches, a sport originating from

India and Pakistan and practiced in Dubai every Friday on an open sandy strip across the Fish Market in Deira. Muller will present her series that captured the participants in action, as well as the spectators surrounding.


Issa Saleh AlKindy 

Issa  AlKindy is a freelance photographer from Oman who works and lives between the UAE and Oman. He will present his latest project "The Rubber Chicken", a lighthearted reminder that just because you've grown up, doesn't mean you have to loose your sense of playfulness. I must say I was a bit baffled by these photos, so will be interested to see him talk about them.


Kamran Jebreili 


Kamran Jebreili was born in Iran in 1957, a self taught photographer who  started to take pictures in 1976. As a freelance young photographer, he covered the Iranian revolution and Iran-Iraq war and currently works for the Gulf regional photographer of the Associated Press based in Dubai.  He will present images of Abyaneh, an ancient village on the Western border of the central desert of Iran with a history that spans 1500 years.

Lamya Gargash


Lamya Gargash will talk about her series "Through the Looking Glass" which is currently exhibited at The Third Line. The series examines identity, perception and acceptance in modern day society.


Sara Naim


Sara Naim's work has been exhibited in Dubai, London, Cologne, New York and Guernsey. She will present her multiple-veined series developed from the idea of photographing the "intangible".  Using liquid to portray sound, e-xrays to beautify defect, and skin cells to contemplate boundaries, Naim explores elements of existence that are unusually challenging to portray visually.


Event details:
Date: Wednesday, 16th May at 7pm
Location: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)
Free entry