East Wing is an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar. We present new perspectives on topics that matter through pioneering photography and art.
We originate from the Middle East, yet we curate and commission contemporary photography projects all around the world. East Wing presents these projects at exhibitions, art fairs, educational events, and in publications.
The work we show is there to surprise, trigger curiosity and reflect on existing views. We scout the latest talents in the region, help collectors build meaningful collections and regularly team up with opinion leaders and like-minded institutions.
This is how we generate new perspectives.
From 19 to 23 September 2012, at Unseen Amsterdam, we will introduce AM projects, a newly formed international photo collective, alongside work by Masood Kamandy.
Limited edition and unique prints by Frederic Lezmi and Benoit Vollmer are part of the Unseen Collection.
In addition, we will host the book launch of Noctures, a special edition by dienacht Publishing dedicated to the first of AM projects. Join us on Friday 21st between 4-5 pm and meet the photographers.
"Kamandy embraces chance and chaos, creating images which are un-manipulated composites, layered and mixed to arrive at a completed work, exploring photography's ability to collapse time and space."
Installation view @ Documenta 13
Source, 2012 © Masood Kamandy
"I’m interested in the miracle of the unspoken and the unseen. I’m always looking for stories in my pictures, almost like a short film taken in one picture."
Interview, GUP Magazine
Ruinalta, 2012 © Ester Vonplon
"If I see something I like, I make the image, sometimes posed but mostly not. If I like it I'm happy. My images are very automatic."
Watch a vimeo interview with Aaron McElroy and Bill Sullivan on their forthcoming book inspired by the magazine House & Garden.
Silly String, 2012 © Aaron McElroy
"Jochem reveals very ordinary looking people who just happen to have some unusual tastes."
Exhibition review, Paul Gessell.
S (Untitled, curtain) © Gert Jochems
Olivier Pin Fat
"There’s no space for composition using this ‘technique’ – the leaked light, the film burn, like bars on a dungeon door – dictate all. There’s no (pre) conceived direction, no surety in anything other than the chance encounter, the photographed moment, the emotive. This modus is as much about seeing as it is about not seeing."
Photo Stories, Foto8
Untitled, 2009 © Olivier Pin Fat
Tiane Doan na Champassak
"...the mood and atmosphere specific to each series is in relation to the subject or moment and place photographed. I strive to be as far away as possible from a form of objectivity in photography."
Gomma Interviews N.0033
Spleen & Ideal 26 © Tiane Doan na Champassak
"I believe photographers in my generation who grew up seeing Moriyama’s repetitive and changing works and listening to his words, have learned optical experiences, which I would say is something more than just an ‘influence’."
Gomma Interviews N.0032
Backyard 04 © Daisuke Yokota
"Liminaire presents a set of unique prints that question the notion of aura in photography. A sheet of ilfochrome paper is directly inserted into a large format camera and exposed to light, without the prior use of film. Shooting is at once slow and tricky."
Liminaire 58, 2010 © Benoit Vollmer
"My pictures reveal an ambivalent point of view beyond current clichés of architectural monuments and existing borderlines. In my photographs, the Orient and the Occident overlay each other, and are further changed by ever-growing globalism."
Photo book review, Lensculture
Dubai, 2007, Arabian Prospects © Frederic Lezmi
From 15 to 18 November 2012, we will be at Paris Photo, where we will showcase recent trends in photography from the Middle East to an international audience.
David Lynch has selected work by Gert Jochems and Tiane Doan na Champassak as part of "Paris Photo seen by…". Bas Princen and Masood Kamandy will collaborate on creating a custom designed installation of their work.
In Paris we will also present our first commissioned project, Radiant, a portfolio box celebrating the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. It contains 11 heliogravures by Antje Hanebeck paired with quotations from Ibn Al Haytham's Book of Optics. Radiant is designed by Olivier Andreotti from Toluca Editions.
"While Sansour agrees that corporate sponsorship can be invaluable to realizing ambitious artistic projects, Lacoste’s attitude towards her most recent work opens up wider questions regarding canon formation in an institutional structure that is reliant on such corporate affiliations."
Omar Kholeif / Frieze Blog
Nation Estate, 2012 © Larissa Sansour
"I like to think of my current work as on the cusp of documentary practice and the fine arts. I am really trying to raise awareness for concrete issues by using documentary tropes alongside the more experimental languages of video and film, and introducing sound and object art."
New Vocabularies for New Challenges, Ibraaz
Listen, 2011 © Newsha Tavakolian
"Ms Almutawakel is openly critical of certain social expectations of women in Yemen, yet she wears a long black abaya in public because she "wouldn't feel comfortable otherwise". This ambivalence pervades her work."
Mother Daughter Doll, 2011(2 of 9 portraits) © Boushra Almutawakel
"Waheeda Mallulah reclaims the garments worn when going out in public as projection spaces, as new instances of the pictorial plane. This act of reclamation helps break the almost exclusive hold that political and religious debate have on traditional Islamic dress."
Little Rooster, 2012 (4 of 21 images) © Waheeda Mallulah
"Technology is disruptive. It forces me to reconsider the history of photography. It forces me to rethink traditional boundaries between genres."
From a conversation with Lucas Blalock.
Botanical, 2011 © Masood Kamandy
"Terrains can find natural borders in rivers, seas or mountain passes, but can there be such a thing as topography of the wind?"
Mrs. Deane on Dépositions
Dépositions, 2011 © Benoit Vollmer
"I go out to find photographs that relate to my archive of reference images, in which the artificial and the natural take each other’s forms and in which one is unable to see if things are being constructed or destroyed."
Utopian Debris, Oase 76
Section (Petra), 2012 © Bas Princen
"Let an experimenter take an opaque body and, having made a minute hole in it, let him hold it opposite the body of the sun: he will find that the light goes through the hole, extending on a straight line."
Ibn Al Haytham, Book of Optics, ca. 1000 AD
Radiant VI, 2012 © Antje Hanebeck
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