Local photographers capture the dramatic country on film in new exhibition
Time Out Bahrain staff
Timed to co-incide with India’s National Day, a major exhibition at the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre takes a photographic journey around the subcontinent with Haya Al Khalifa, Rasha Yousif, Saji Antony and Stephanie Ravel.
This exhibition explores people and landscapes, traditions and innovations, vibrant colours and basic shades, constant movement and still life - dualities so characteristic to India, seen through the eyes and lenses of four adventurous photographers.
According to the organisers: ‘They venture beyond the obvious interpretation of lifestyle aiming to reveal what is deeply imprinted in a people so rich in soul as they are in colours.’
The techniques that were used differ from one another and yet manage to bring the imprints to life charged with the emotions of pure admiration for what is revealed before the eye, torn between the obvious beauty and pureness and the hardship of life in a tropical environment.
Haya Al Khalifa Haya was born in Bahrain in 1979. In the shimmering sands environmental portraiture series, Haya uses studio lighting outdoors and in the natural environment of her subjects to give the viewer an authentic representation of their lives whilst creating a timeless fairytale quality in the narrative. Haya’s photography has been exhibited at the Bin Mattar House (Documenting Muharraq Group exhibition - 2011) and Alwan 338 by Al Riwaq Art Space (The Lab a Group installation – 2013).
Rasha Yousif Born and raised in Muharraq Bahrain, Rasha Yousif is passionate about documentary and travel photography focusing on culture, architecture and traditional ways of living. Capturing moving objects or vibrant colours are what keep her photos alive. She also produces multimedia stories, merging still photography with ambient sounds and musical soundtracks. Rasha carefully chooses her travel expeditions to showcase less travelled cultural destinations through her lens.
Rasha’s work has been exhibited at the Bin Matar House (Documenting Muharraq Group exhibition - 2011), she has also been shortlisted at the National Geographic Abu Dhabi photography competition in 2012 and won second place at University of Manchester’s ‘City of Futures’ photography competition.
Saji Antony Saji Antony was born in Kerala, India and has been living in Bahrain for 20 years. His photography focuses on capturing men at work in their natural environment. He has participated in the ‘Transformation of Memories’ Exhibition (2009) at Al Riwaq Art Space, the ‘Same same but different’ Exhibition (2011) at Al Riwaq Art Space and the 2013 exhibition ‘Cut and Paste’ at Bin Mattar House. His work has been featured in various Indian publications and Better Photography magazine and Nikon India nominated him for Photographer of the year in 2010.
Stephanie Ravel Born in France, Stephanie Ravel has lived in several countries including India before establishing herself in Bahrain. She has written about photography for the regional cultural magazine ‘L’Agenda’. She works at the academic media centre of the University of Bahrain and is currently pursuing a masters in photojournalism with the University of Arts London. Stephanie participated in the 2011 exhibition on typology at Al Riwaq Gallery with ‘My Ghutra is me’ and the 2013 exhibition ‘Cut and Paste’ at Bin Mattar House with ‘My grandmother’.
Inside India will be held at the dedicated exhibition space of the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre, the Bin Mattar House, in Muharraq. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 21, at 7pm and will run until February 20. Opening times Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm & 4-7pm.