Accomplished Visions: The Arabs: Samer Mohdad

Sol Mednick Gallery

Based in Lebanon, photographer Samer Mohdad’s work explores the concept of Arab identity. Samer writes, “How is it possible to define the Arab identity in our society when it is increasingly so narrowly identified with Islam? Many people believe that being Arab necessarily means being Muslim. Overloaded by the media, our minds do not stop accumulating such falsities. Misinterpretations of Islam and injustices committed in its name have led to many misunderstandings regarding the actual realities of the Arab world. I have made a great effort to accept realities without making any judgments. This has allowed me to adopt a better approach to understanding the problem that continues to feed the flame of hatred in the hearts of humans.” Mohdad traveled widely for many years in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, portraying the difficult everyday life of the people of these countries moving between war and faith, in unadorned and personal inside views and news. His work is drawn from trips to Iran, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Qatar, Bahrain and Tunisia.

Samer Mohdad’s exhibition was made possible with the support of Innova Art Ltd (USA).

Above: The women's section in the al-Mouakaliah market in the old city center of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2000.

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