Empty Quarter gallery unveils its latest collection of hitherto unseen photographs, unknown places, and traditional stories emanating from the Middle East. These celebrated artists have travelled the region to bring us the most unique stories of a specific culture.
In September 2011 Jordi Esteva travelled to Socotra, an isolated island in Yemen. Socotra does not have a bay or a natural port and is surrounded by reef, which makes it impossible to land – especially during the monsoon. This isolation has preserved the unique environment captured by the artist.
Al Moutasim Al Maskery tells us the story of Omani tribes migrating from the desert towards the coastline during July and August every year. Issa Saleh Al Kindycaptures the process by which Omani Rose water is made from rose petals which are carefully selected by local farmers, following an ancient tradition.
Jalal Jamal Binthaneya contrasts emotions and once-alive places with a series of photographs from a world that has long been forgotten, revealing bygone memories. Emirati artist, Amani Al Shaali, portrays feelings of longing for freedom and nostalgia, while Mohammed Ahmed Ahli chooses mysterious, spiritual, and unexplored places that are reminiscent of the UAE culture.
In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy of Abu Dhabi