Perspectives is a collaborative exhibtion presenting a series of images addressing different aspects of the UAE. The exhibition is being held between 8 August and 30 August in The Empty Quarter Gallery in DIFC, Dubai. Also featured are works by Bernhard Sperling, Michael Glenister and Nitin Mallapur.
Christopher has 43 images on display, in 2 collections. The “Transient” collection and “Nostalgic Arabia”.
Prints can be ordered by contacting The Empty Quarter Gallery.
Over a nine month period, 18 photographers, all resident in the UAE, but from all over the world, made over 250 images of Dubai’s creek-side areas of Bur Dubai and Deira throughout 2017 and 2018. Photowalks, and darkroom sessions were arranged by the Analog Photography in the UAE group. The initial idea came about in a discussion with Alison at the Majlis Gallery, and the activities were organised by Bernhard Sperling, Michael Glenister, Abdallah Kroosh, and Christopher Osborne.
The brief was simple – capture the shapes and textures of old Dubai, but remain within the cultural norms of the UAE. In order to comply with the strict laws on publication of images, the participants were encouraged to concentrate on creating an abstract body of work.
In conjunction with Tashkeel, the Dubai government arts organisation, fourteen of these images were exhibited as part of the Sikka Week celebration that ran alongside the Dubai Arts Festival in March 2018. This exhibition enabled artists and photographers who would otherwise not have had gallery access to create an amazingly well received exhibition.
The “Heartlands” collection examines the changing political landscape following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. In this body of work, Christopher uses sureal landscapes captioned with news headlines to capture the conflicting views between Leavers and Remainers during this period.
I have printed these images using a technique which both enhances contrast and adds a surreal perspective to the scene, in order that the viewer might be encouraged to view these images as more than just landscapes. Each image is handmade, and the vagaries of the process mean that no two prints can ever be the same. Of course, this is in contrast to a political process, which may well be generating a one size fits all result?
As I walked down country lanes, or along ancient footpaths, I am continually struck that regardless of one’s political standpoint, how each unfolding scene can be interpreted as a metaphor for the events of our time.
The images displayed in this exhibition are a small selection from a larger body of work. In fact, a collection that is still being added to on every visit that I make back to the UK.
Christopher presented a series of four images of traditional shapes and items representing Dubai. These were printed using the Van Dyke Brown process from the late 1800’s to create a deliberately older aesthetic. These images were selected to frame the entrance hall to the 2017 degree show at The University of Gloucestershire.