Al Sourat Photo Festival 2014 - (In) Out 40 Years of French and Emirati Photography in the UAE

Institut Français in the United Arab Emirates presents Al Sourat Photo Festival 2014 spread across three venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and on till 15th January 2015.

Al Sourat Photo Festival features French and Emirati photographers who captured the spirit of the UAE between 1974 and 2014. Their works investigate the thematic “In / Out” - public spaces and private realms of Emirati society, showcasing the complex ever changing cultural environment from the nation’s birth to the present day.

The core aim of Al Sourat Photo Festival 2014 is to create an artistic journey, a dialogue between the works of French and Emirati artists through photography, resulting in the creation of new bridges between the two cultures, enhancing their exchange, long-term relationship and cultural cooperation.

The festival includes  Jack BurlotThierry BouëtOlivier Escarguel and Anne-Marie Filaire from France. The Emirati photographers include an all female line up, Lamya GargashReem SaeedFatima Al Yousef and yours truly. 

Here's a small selection of the photos from the festival. Venue details can be found after the photos. 

Fatima Al Yousef 

Thierry Bouët

Jack Burlot

Anne-Marie Filaire

Lamya Gargash


Hind Mezaina

Exhibition locations and dates:

Alserkal Cultural Foundation in Al Fahidi Heritage District,  15th December - 8th of January 2015

This exhibition will showcase 34 pictures which all unveil A Portrait of the UAE (Part I).

Abu Dhabi
Corniche (East Plaza), 16th - 30th December 2014

An outdoor photography exhibition on the Corniche (East Plaza) will showcase 30 pictures realized in the 1970’s by the French photographer Jack Burlot including an unprecedented reportage on Late Sheikh Zayed and on the daily life in the UAE in 1974, from the 16th to the 30th of December 2014.

This exhibition Selected portraits of Late Sheikh Zayed and pictures of Abu Dhabi in the 1970’s presents unique and previously unseen pictures of H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder and first President of the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi
Avenue at Etihad Towers, 17th December 2014 - 15th January 2015

A Portrait of the UAE (Part II) from the 17th of December until 15th of January will present 32 pictures realized by French and Emirati photographers in Avenue at Etihad Towers.