Founding Fathers, Etihad Museum, Dubai
A Motivate-Zakti project*
Our first project in Dubai, the exhibition ‘Founding Fathers’ opened on 7 March 2019 to the cream of Emirati society. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the launch of the book which showcases the unique and special relationship between Sheikh Zayed, the late first President of UAE, and Sheikh Rashid, the late first Vice-President.
The exhibition features significant historic moments of the country as well as daily life, told through the lens of photographer Ramesh Shukla.
In 1965, a young Ramesh travelled from Mumbai to Dubai in a Dwarka boat, a gruelling 5-day journey, surviving on the few bunches of bananas he had packed. On him, a Rolleicord camera gifted by his father on his 15th birthday, 25 rolls of film, two shirts, a pair of slippers and Rs50 (today’s value, Dh77 or USD21.00).
The exhibition displayed Ramesh's cameras and photo equipment from the 50s and 60s, as well as a recreation of the darkroom in his one-room house in Al Nasr Square circa 1965.
The exhibition will also interest younger generations curious about traditional photographic and darkroom processes, who probably would not have seen a light meter before.
There is an interactive wall where you will see your negative image in real-time as you walk by. This is particularly interesting in the Middle East where men traditionally wear white, and women black, and it’s always a surprise for visitors to catch themselves in reverse colours. I observed some guests having some fun with their full-toothed smiles as their teeth will appear black and rather strange looking.
UPDATE The one-month exhibition which ends on 11 April has been extended to the end of the year due to good response.
Founding Fathers Exhibition—http://whatson.ae/…/check-out-this-new-photography-exhibit…/
*Motivate is our partner in UAE, one of the largest media communication organisations in the Middle East.