SAF celebrates outstanding photographic work with Vantage Point Photography Awards

Sharjah Art Foundation lately introduced the 5 winners of this 12 months’s Vantage Point Photography Awards. The awards have been offered in the course of the opening of the annual images exhibition Vantage Point Sharjah (VPS) at SAF’s Al Hamriyah Studios.

This 12 months, Md Fazla Rabbi Fatiq gained the primary prize, whereas the 4 runners-up have been Hady Barry, Kirti Kumari, Morteza Niknahad, and Neec Nonso.

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An worldwide jury of distinguished photographers — Solmaz Daryani, Lamya Gargash, and Sohrab Hura — chosen the winner and 4 runners-up, who acquired a money prize of $5,000 and $1,500 every, respectively.

The exhibition’s opening program included a chat with the awardees, the place they shared the tales behind their profitable images in addition to particulars about their inspiration and follow.

Manifesting the spirit of experimentation in lens-based picture making, VPS presents works that remember images’s capability to understand social realities and the variety of latest lives from a number of views.

Md Fazla Rabbi Fatiq’s ‘Dark Garden’ depicts the historic plight of tea employees on plantations in Sylhet in Bangladesh. In the nineteenth Century, the British tea administration introduced in employees from different provinces of India, promising them a brilliant future.

The tea employees and their subsequent generations by no means acquired land rights. Fatiq says these tea employees are sill residing in mud homes. “I wish to present their identification, tradition, and their roots. Just a few issues have to be mentioned straight,” he says.

His work reveals the duality of the state of affairs, displaying the damaged hand of the tea employee, fireflies within the night time, and the great thing about the tea gardens, juxtaposed in opposition to the tough actuality.

Hady Barry in her work “Wearing the Inside Out’ is the story of a friendship and an exploration of motherhood. Barry takes a sabbatical from her administration profession to depict the second being pregnant of her pal in Guinea and exploring the duality within the relationship.

“It is essential to start out from inside. I consider in a collaborative strategy,” says Barry.

Kirti Kumari’s ‘One Day At Night’ is her commencement undertaking exploring a conventional neighborhood in North India. She spends time with the village folks, sharing their folks tales and legends.

The spotlight of her work is the depiction of how the ladies in that space will get collectively haunted by spirits.

Morteza Niknahad’s “Big Fish’ is a extremely symbolic and autobiographical work primarily based on his mom’s despair and the way the entire household’s life modified after his mom couldn’t shake off the consequences of a nightmare – that of a monster following her.

Sharing his mom’s story with the remainder of the world, Niknahad says: “My artwork is the one factor that has helped my mom get higher.”

Introduced in 2013 to domesticate public engagement with images as a creative medium, VPS has advanced right into a dynamic platform that embraces a number of approaches to images, from photojournalism and photograph essays to experimental work in each analogue and digital varieties.

The tenth version of VPS acquired greater than 450 submissions to its open name. Works by 66 artists from 34 nations have been chosen for the exhibition, which can stay on view till December 11, 2022, at SAF’s Al Hamriyah Studios, in Al Hamriyah, Sharjah.

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