Photographs from the Middle East come to Birmingham

An exhibition showcasing highlights from the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this June.

Fathi Hassan, Glance towards the unknown, 1980s–1990s © Fathi Hassan, courtesy of Rose Issa Projects

Fathi Hassan, Glance towards the unknown, 1980s–1990s

Titled True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East, the free exhibition will feature works by contemporary photographers from Tunisia to Iran.

The photographs on show – loaned by the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum  – will take visitors on an exploration of the role of photography in the Middle East, prompting debates on issues from migration to the representation of women.

The photographs have been selected from the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography, an Art Fund initiative to acquire 20th-century and contemporary photography by artists from the Middle East for Britain's national collections.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'This initiative by the Birmingham curators responds brilliantly to the diversity of the city’s young public. We are very pleased to see this important collection being deployed in such an imaginative way.'

True to Life? is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 7 June to 2 November 2014. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 303 1966 www.bmag.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

Mon – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm

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