Vantage Point Sharjah 7 (VPS7) is the seventh iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual photography initiative. This year, VPS7 is broadening its range, for the first time, the open call is being extended not only to residents of the UAE and other GCC countries but also to international applicants. This initiative aims to foster photographers’ development and creativity and encourage their engagement with the wider cultural community.
Over 200 applicants with a variety of professional backgrounds, skill sets and interests, responded to VPS7 open call. The exhibition features the work of 36 photographers from over 20 countries, including Republic of Congo, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia, South Africa, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates among others. The selected photographs offer viewers a unique perspective on various subjects by using different styles, such as conceptual photography, street photography, land and cityscapes and portraiture. These images further demonstrate a wide range of techniques in both digital and 35mm photography, such as montage, collage, archival reconstruction, infrared and light painting.
The foundation announced its first open call for submissions during the summer of 2013, inviting GCC-based photographers to submit works that fell under the theme ‘Life and Landscapes of Sharjah’. Themes of other Vantage Point exhibitions have included ‘Self-Portraiture’, ‘Performance’ and ‘Architecture and Urban Landscape’.
Participating artists for Vantage Point Sharjah 7:
Ali Abbas Azhar
Rana Al Baba
Emmanuel Koto Kongogbi Eko
Hanan Hassan Al-Khalifa
Abeer Abdelmonaim Sdieg