‘Sahara Surreal’ – Six artists explore Sahara

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An exhibition ‘SAHARA SURREAL’ opens at The Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai on September 7 – October 14, 2011. Six artists explore Sahara in their way: Andrew McConnell, Florie Salnot, Philippe Dudouit, Magnus Larsson, Aglaïa Konrad and Markus Kayser.

Sahara Surreal trails the bandwidth of 21st century life in the Great Desert, unhinging stereotypes along the way. Andrew McConnell portrays the underexposed Saharawis, who turn plastic into gold with designer Florie Salnot. Photographer Philippe Dudouit is one of the few to visit the Tuareg rebels of Mali and Niger dwelling in zones off-limit to tourists due to unsettling political changes. Architect Magnus Larsson proposes a 6000 km-long barrier of organically shaped habitable structures by injecting Saharan soil with bacteria that petrify the sand. Aglaïa Konrad focusses on the programmed concrete-ization of the desert in Egypt’s struggling satellite cities. In his desert manufacturing experiments, Markus Kayser focuses the raw energy of the Saharan sun in laserbeams that cut wood and make glass from sand.

“Since their projects are amazing we decided to present each artist,” writes Islamic Arts Magazine and does exactly that after the jump.

The Empty Quarter is devoted to fine art photography, with an emphasis on works exploring the photographic dimensions of the Arab world. Within this framework, the gallery salutes the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, and aims to highlight the talent of photographers from the Middle East.
In addition to the regular exhibitions, the work of the gallery includes instigating long term projects, curating and organizing exhibitions in collaboration with international institutions and museums as well as publishing cutting edge photo books. Currently, the Empty Quarter is branching out in the region with projects ongoing in Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The Empty Quarter
Gate Village, Bldg 02
P.O.BOX 506697
DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Image above: Dada Mohammed Kehel / 54, Bedouin Sahrawi pictured at her home in Tifariti, in Polisario controlled Western Sahara.
2010 © Andrew McConnell Photo: Courtesy of The Empty Quarter gallery