Through The Eyes
Exhibition Dates: 4th - 30 October 2021
Curator: Mishelle Brito
Through the Eyes is a photographic project reflecting on a personal journey of self-representation and identity within Arab culture around the topic of ‘religion’. The exhibition explores how cultural influences play a significant role in societal practises and views about religion, oftentimes corrupting its true meaning and image.
Through the Eyes highlights the pressures of maintaining cultural versus religious values often faced by many Arab women. Each photograph within this series presents particular restraints due to cultural boundaries that often lead to self censorship whilst simultaneously exploring a path towards personal independence, confidence, and self-exploration, often blurring the line between ‘religion’ and culture.
The project aims to shed a light on the artists personal experience with religion, within a feminist context, allowing the audience to understand the conventional cultural norms and discriminatory nature she faced in her native homeland and as a refugee in the U.K.
Through The Eyes aspires to showcase strength and give courage to women of the Arab world, allowing them to always seek their truth.
About the Artist
Raghad was born and raised in Tripoli, Libya and now resides in the UK. Raghad is a Film & Photography graduate of Richmond The American International University in London and a freelance photographer, videographer and social media manager.
Her work combines both photography and videography exploring the role between identity within culture and religion. As a freelance photographer, Raghad works with 35mm analogue and DSLR digital formats, and additional artwork has included studio & live music photography in both formats.
Raghad, separates her time between photography and social media management working with top Country and Americana artists like Jim Lauderdale, Drivin N Cryin and more. In her spare time, she dedicates time to covering the landscape of Country and Americana scenes in both the UK & US and also throughout on various websites.
reACT is an innovative program, established by P21 Gallery to promote and support emerging and student artists whose work is dedicated to or inspired by the Middle East & Arab world by providing a space within the P21 Gallery and/or P21 Gallery website for an artistic intervention. reACT aims to contribute in building and strengthening cultural ties and dialogues between the East and West on terms designed by a younger generation.
Mishelle Brito is a London based artistic programmer and curator working to create dialogues relating to societal concerns in the Middle East through art, culture and creative based methods.
P21 is an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture.
For further information, press images and interview opportunities, please contact reACT Programme Manager & Curator, Mishelle Brito at: reACT@p21.org.uk
The exhibition is a reACT project and supported by the Art Council England and HUB Collective.