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Ishara Art Foundation Explores History Of Photography Through New Exhibition

The Growing Like A Tree exhibition launched today and will be on view until May 2021

Nida Mehboob, Shadow Lives (2020-ongoing). Archival pigment print, 23 cm x 15 cm. © Nida Mehboob

Dubai-based non-profit organisation Ishara Art Foundation launched a new exhibition titled Growing Like A Tree today, curated by Sohrab Hura, marking his inaugural curatorial project as a photographer and filmmaker.

Spanning works by 14 artists and collectives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Germany, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Singapore, the show is exploring regional histories of image-making through a visual and sonic excavation of place, memory and culture.

Shanta Manavi Collection, (1976). Image courtesy of Nepal Picture Library, © Shanta Manavi

Together the artists create a space where multiple voices and experiences are brought into dialogue with one another, capturing dualities in which organic growth is matched with resource extraction, the archival is juxtaposed with the contemporary, and the magic of the mundane is seen through children's eyes.

Referencing the interconnected spheres of contemporary artistic practice, this show considers photography as a locus in an expanded field of art that includes videos, books and sound installations.

Katrin Koenning, Collisions (2015-2020). Video still, 9:19 min, edition 5+2AP. © Katrin Koenning. Image courtesy of the artist and ReadingRoom

“What I’ve been seeing over the years are collective flows in terms of movement and exchange of photographers across political, geographical and cultural boundaries," says Hura.

"An osmosis-like relationship with photographers across borders has started to seep through with each one searching for new ways to grow as artists and having at stake something in common that is far more urgent than photography.”

Bunu Dhungana, from the series Confrontations (2017).  Archival pigment print, 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm. © Bunu Dhungana

Growing Like A Tree will be accompanied by physical and virtual tours, educational and public online programmes, newly commissioned artist texts and artist conversations over the duration of the show.

Growing Like A Tree is on view at Ishara Art Foundation from 20 January until 20 May 2021.

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