june, 2022

01jun10:00 am30(jun 30)5:00 pmMore Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography From the Arab WorldMiddle East Institute and Tribe magazine celebrate voices from the Middle East10:00 am - 5:00 pm (30) Middle East Institute Arts and Culture Center, 1763 N St. NW

Event Details

Featuring leading and emerging photographers from the Middle East and its diaspora

Curated by Laila Jadallah

Dates: June 3 – Oct. 21
Viewing Hours: M-F 10am-5pm
Opening reception: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 (RSVP here)
Location: Middle East Institute Art Gallery, 1763 N St. NW, Washington, DC

More Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World features the work of 15 photographers from the Arab world and its diaspora who are defining the practice of photography in the Middle East. Employing photojournalism and fine art photography, their diverse work provides an intimate and dynamic lens through which to see the Arab world—shedding light on the lived experience and taking viewers to new and unexpected places.

Through storytelling, experimentation and new media, their work marks the present and imagines possible futures, as they explore notions of place, identity, the body, the environment, youth culture, politics, and more. Ultimately More Than Your Eyes Can See introduces audiences to a world that is so much more than it appears.

Artists featured include: Mohammad Alfaraj, Eman Ali, Amr Attamimi, Zied Ben Romdhane, Imane Djamil, Farah Foudeh, Rula Halawani, Yasmine Hatimi, Samar Hazboun, Amir Hazim, M’hammed Kilito, Seif Kousmate, Fethi Sahraoui, Najla Said, and Ismail Zaidy.

Countries represented: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Presented by:

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is a policy, education and arts institute dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. The MEI’s Arts and Culture Center and its Gallery highlight the region’s rich artistic and cultural output through exhibitions, programming and performances. The MEI Art Gallery is the only gallery in the nation’s capital dedicated to showcasing art from the Middle East.

Tribe photo magazine a non-profit publication focused on documenting photography, film and video from the Arab World. The magazine offers insight on the extensive talent within the Arab World and aims to create an archive and to stimulate dialogue about both emerging and established artists who are defining their practice.

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah (Curator) is an arts administrator, exhibition producer, curator, and researcher working in Washington, D.C., whose work in the arts has spanned exhibition development, communications, and cultural heritage protection. She has managed, produced, or curated more than 20 exhibitions nationally with museums, galleries, and other partners. Jadallah has been the Managing Director of Washington Studio since 2018 and has previously held senior-level positions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Art Fraud Insights, and International Arts and Artists in addition to her work as an independent art consultant.

Featured image by Amr Attamimi Lalaland (70 x 105 cm) Courtesy of the artist represented by Emergeast.


1 (Wednesday) 10:00 am - 30 (Thursday) 5:00 pm


Middle East Institute Arts and Culture Center

1763 N St. NW

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