Latif al-Ani: Through the Lens 1953-1979
The exhibition traces the progression of the photographer’s life in Iraq and throughout his travels, spanning over three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s. Born in 1932 in Baghdad, Al Ani learned photography early in life and trained at the studio of a local photographer. As an adult, he joined the Arabic-language magazine Ahl Al Naft (People of Oil), a photography unit that was part of the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC), where he worked between 1954 and 1960. He founded the photography department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture in 1960 and went on to head the official Iraqi News Agency. Al Ani stopped making work in the 1980s with the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War
Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 2009 SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993. Working with local and international partners, we create opportunities for artists and artistic production through our core initiatives that include the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications and growing collection. Our education and public programmes focus on building recognition of the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and a participatory approach to art. All our events are free and open to the public.
16 March – 16 June 2018
Location: Gallery 4, Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Open: Saturday to Thursday 9:00 – 21:00; Friday 16:00 – 21:00
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Image: Latif Al- Ani, Pipe construction for the Darbandikhan water pipeline project, Iraq, 1961. From the artist’s collection.