Art Jameel and The Crossway Foundation have recently announced “Jameel Journey to Turkey,” the latest in a series of collaborative initiatives to give young artists from the Gulf region the opportunity to work and travel across international borders.
This year, six young photographers (Akram Al Almoudi, Tyma Hezam and Mohammed Shibli from Saudi Arabia, Marwan Haredy from UAE, Farah Salem from Kuwait and Rawan Alhusaini from Bahrain) will travel through Turkey between May 12 and May 23, working with local photographers and arts initiatives in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ankara.
The six participants were selected from a 15-person shortlist of promising young photographers selected from the hundreds who applied to the Art Jameel Photography Award.
“Artists who were part of our previous Journeys to Brazil, Japan, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the U.K. have gone on to not only exhibit their work and contribute to important publications, but launch their own businesses and initiatives,” said Fady Jameel, the president of Community Jameel International.
The young photographers will display their work from Turkey in a public exhibition in the United Arab Emirates in autumn 2016. They will also create a publication that both documents their journey and explores this year’s theme, “migration.”
Turkish visual artist Merve Ünsal has been appointed as project mentor and will be guiding the participants during their time in Turkey.