A special photo-exhibition at ETRA Studio Tommasi Gallery, presenting “Everyday Middle East” (@everydaymiddleeast), the Instagram-based photographic project that seeks to redefine the visual representation of the MENA region through social media. The aim of “Everyday Middle East” is simple: to share images of everyday life, and thus to work against the stereotypes and visual tropes that are so prevalent in mainstream media coverage of the region. There is no editor; instead, the feed is a look at life, unfiltered, through the eyes of 25 contributing photographers – some of whom are among the best known names of international photojournalism.
The project’s founder is the Canadian photojournalist Lindsay Mackenzie, and among the collective’s photographers are Tanya Habjouqa, Laura Boushnak, Samuel Aranda, Ahmad Mousa, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Bryan Dention, Dalia Khamissy and many others. The contributors include professionals working for the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Geographic, Getty Images, Panos Pictures, Rawiya Collective, and winners of World Press Photo and other prestigious awards.
A selection of shots from Everyday Middle East, curated by Alessandra Capodacqua, has been put together especially for Florence, which can be seen from 11 April to 10 May, at ETRA – Galleria Studio Tommasi (Via della Pergola 57), in an exhibition project curated by Federica Cirri.
EVERYDAY MIDDLE EAST
ETRA – Galleria Studio Tommasi (Via della Pergola, 57)
11 April – 10 May (hours: Mon-Sat | 3.30 / 7.30) – free entrance
Opening: Saturday, 11th April / 6.00 pm
Photo credit: Hipster photo session, downtown Istanbul_Photo by Samuel Aranda
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