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  • Tuesday Apr 16 2013 from 06:00 pm until 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday Apr 17 2013 until Saturday Apr 20 2013 from 10:00 am until 07:00 pm
  • Monday Apr 22 2013 until Saturday Apr 27 2013 from 10:00 am until 07:00 pm
  • Monday Apr 29 2013 until Saturday May 04 2013 from 10:00 am until 07:00 pm
  • Mark Hachem Gallery, Capital Garden, Rafic Salloum Street, Mina El Hosn, Beirut, Lebanon [See map] [Hide map]
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Drowned In Black Reality - Art Exhibition by Soufran

Stories still untold!

"I remember walking down to a place called “Jisr Al-Rais” (President’s Bridge) in the heart of Damascus, near the original campus of the Syrian University. A Russian peddler was there selling cameras, and having dreamt of owning my time since childhood, I bought one, a Zenit K122 SLR (35mm) for 3,000 SP. I was seventeen at that time, and that much money was an astronomical sums, with that kind of money I was able to live a fantasy life with my high school sweetheart, but I bought the camera none the less. Somewhere in my archives I still have the pictures taken with my Zenit K122 SLR, and although over the years I have taken thousands of other photos with many other cameras, just like a first car drive, a first kiss, or a first job, those photographs remains imprinted in my mind until today.

“Photos are stories still untold”. I have always liked this statement because photography is a speculative interpretation of life. It questions perceptions of reality. In my work, I want to examine the relationship between photography and reality and stimulate the viewer to project her or his own interpretation, thus becoming an integral part of the creative process.

I reject the kind of photography, which runs off an ever-revolving template and creates glossy views of life and glamorised faces retouched beyond recognition. In my photographs of people, I aim to de-construct glamour by exposing people’s natural beauty and the person within a body.

Write the stories behind the photographs! Most of us could tell any number of stories from the pictures hanging on our walls, or gracing our mantels and bookshelves. Opening our albums, we have whole novels and films about lives lived or the details of the important events in our lives.

I’m a Street Photographer and I tell stories with my camera. Street Photography is a heart beating to the rhythm of Urban Life, a curious look capable to find out the stories and hallucinations that every street puts in scene. I don’t think street photography must necessarily be photography of real, breathing people. I enjoy chasing the parallel life of the anthropomorphic images that silently inhabit the city spaces. Revealing their solitary dramas and unraveling. I started my career as a portrait photographer, specialized in theatre and body language photography.

Soon I found myself attracted to women as a vassal to my artistic desire to capture motion, emotion, the feeling of a scene. The lines and curves of the female human body and the pattern of their movement as they dance, doing their daily chores or just walking down the street intrigues me to trying to capture the beauty of those forms and movements. The concepts of my works are inspired by day to day life, my art is what I see in museums, my gossiping with friends, my daydreaming in my favorite café, observing the shadows while puffing smoke from my shisha, watching performers on stage or at screen.

After having a raw concept I start my quest into make it an Art, by researching, collaborate with the artists and curators I am working with,I listen to their suggestions and observe how they interpret my ideas. And at the end of the process I decide what works and doesn’t and eventually something better than the original thought usually comes out of it"

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