Overview participating exhibitions

Rise
2014

Rise

Laura El-Tantawy

In the Shadow of the Pyramids

In 2005, to get back to het Egyptian roots, English-born Laura El-Tantawy began a photographic exploration into the essence of Egyptian identity. Her series In the Shadow of the Pyramids must therefore not be seen as a story about Egypt, but rather as El-Tantawy’s vision of the country, underpinned by childhood memories and the struggle to understand herself and her place in the world. With the events of the Arab Spring, her focus widened to include the transition from Mubarak's dictatorship to the uncertain future ahead. The parts shown here, 'Tahir Square' and 'Faces of a Revolution', examine the events of the Arab Spring.

Land
2010

Land

Laura El-Tantawy

I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

Over the past decade an alarming trend has come to light in India: more than 200,000 farmers have committed suicide. Many had borrowed money to plant more efficient crops, but could not pay off their debts. Because of the extremely fast transition India has undergone, from a rural to an indus-trial, urban society with an open market, farmers have been confronted by immense problems. The photographer Laura El-Tantawy has no desire to go into the causes, but in her eerie images places emphasises on the bond between the people and the land. This connection is symbolically reflected in the texture of the skin of the people she portrays. The land and its inhabitants are one and the same, she says. When the one dies, so does the other.

  • I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

    Over the past decade an alarming trend has come to light in India: more than 200,000 farmers have committed suicide. Many had borrowed money to plant more efficient crops, but could not pay off their debts. Because of the extremely fast transition India has undergone, from a rural to an indus-trial, urban society with an open market, farmers have been confronted by immense problems. The photographer Laura El-Tantawy has no desire to go into the causes, but in her eerie images places emphasises on the bond between the people and the land. This connection is symbolically reflected in the texture of the skin of the people she portrays. The land and its inhabitants are one and the same, she says. When the one dies, so does the other.

  • I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

  • I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

  • I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

  • I’LL DIE FOR YOU (India, 2010)

Biography

Laura El-Tantawy (United Kingdom, 1980) grew up in Cairo and Dammam, in Saudi Arabia. She studied photojournalism in the United States, at the University of Georgia, and began her career as a news photographer for regional American newspapers. Since El-Tantawy has alternated between the United Kingdom and Cairo as her base of operations, her sphere of activity spans almost all the continents. El-Tantawy works on self-initiated projects, and has published in National Geographic, Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian and other sources.

Website Laura El-Tantawy

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00