Exhibition / 2 Dec – 21 Dec 2019

The Place I Call Home - Qatar

The Place I Call Home - Qatar
© Abi Green

Ffotogallery are delighted to invite you to the fifth edition of The Place I Call Home, at the iconic Fire Station in partnership with Qatar Museums. The original station was built in 1982 as the civil defense and was occupied by the fire brigade, serving the community for over thirty years until the last fire engine evacuated the place in December of 2012. After that it was handed over to Qatar Museums to be repurposed for contemporary use. Fire Station is now a creative space that allows emerging talent in Qatar to further their practice, research, and work as aspiring professional artists.

This cross-cultural exhibition, commissioned by the British Council and curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery, presents the work of 15 artists, each using photography to explore the idea of home through the experiences of people living in the Gulf and the UK at a time of rapid change and social mobility.

After scoping visits to all six GCC countries, curator for the project and Director of Ffotogallery David Drake determined the vision and approach for the exhibition and commissioned several UK and Middle East based artists to produce work responding to its themes. The selected artists reflect a balance of age, gender and professional experience, as well as representation of all six GCC countries. In various ways, the work of the selected artists is about sharing stories of culture and heritage, challenging stereotypes, exploring identities, commonalities and differences.

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Mohammed Al Kouh, Ammar Al Attar, Sara Al Obaidly, Mashael Al Hejazi, Abi Green & Sebastian Betancur-Montoya, Ben Soedira, Richard Allenby-Pratt and Zahed Sultan.

The exhibition continues in Doha until the 21 December.

Visit the project site theplaceicallhome.org to find out more about the artists and the project.