Weekly Roundup: The Un-Selfie, Speaking in Tongues, Feminine View of Middle East and More

Weekly Roundup: The Un-Selfie, Speaking in Tongues, Feminine View of Middle East and More

Nour, Chekka Lebanon 2013
Copyright Rania Matar

The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective
Howard Greenberg Gallery
The Fuller Building
41 East 57 Street, Suite 1406
New York, NY 10022

The exhibition features the work of four contemporary artists Boushra Almutawakel of Yemen, Shadi Ghadirian of Iran, Rania Matar of Lebanon, and Reem Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The photographs will be on view for the first time in New York. In addition, the gallery will show photographs from Syria made in 1940 by Margaret Bourke-White for LIFE magazine. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, June 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Copyright Dominic Hagwood

Dominic Hagwood’s The Conversation series
Speaking in tongues is a biblical phenomenon in which a person utters incomprehensible speech-like syllables, considered by some to be part of a sacred language. During an artist residency in Texas Hawgood searched for people who had this ability, through an advert in a local newspaper. This series captures these women in a moment of rapture, when they believe themselves to be in direct communication with God, to the exclusion of regular human conversation.

Installation of We All Need Forgiveness in the 2014 Sidney Biennale
Copyright Bindi Cole

We All Need Forgiveness by Bindi Cole
At one point or another in our lives we all require forgiveness; just as there will also be times when we need to forgive others. Both can be fraught with difficulty. For the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Bindi Cole will exhibit a new multi-channel, video installation titled We All Need Forgiveness (2014) at the Art Gallery of NSW. Here, a wall of monitors shows a collection of people repeating the mantra ‘I forgive you’, creating a symphony of forgiveness.

Read more about Australian contemporary artist Bindi Cole on her blog and if you’re on the continent, check out her latest solo exhibition Bindi Cole: I Am on view at the Shepparton Art Museum until August 10, 2014.

Copyright Ocean Morisset

The Unselfie: Taking Back the Self Portrait
Posted on the National Geographic Proof blog, this image taken by photographer Ocean Morisset is one of the many great examples of the art of photographic self portraiture, nearly forgotten in the age of the selfie. Here’s what Morisset had to say about the image:

This is one of many intimate self-portraits taken in 2011 during my battle with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy treatments hoping for a cure, self-portraiture/photography was my personal choice of weapon used to fight and to heal. The image depicts my awakening to my new reality and uncertain fate. Today, I’m happy to say I am cancer free! 

Photographer Boniface Mwangi

Help Support Kickstart Campaign for Documentary Film, Framed
What’s behind the West’s fascination with “saving” Africa? FRAMED tells the story of Boniface Mwangi’s work as an image maker and image changer. From the moment he saw how his own photography could heal Kenyan wounds, he repurposed images of violence to promote reconciliation, and rallied his peers to jumpstart a creative and political youth movement.

Dodge & Burn is a blog dedicated to documenting a more inclusive history of photography and supporting the work of photographers of color with photographer interviews.

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