The Stonebreakers Exhibition

Organised by Warehouse421

In this exhibition, the respective artists will focus on the main yard in their respective countries - Chittagong in Bangladesh, Alang in India and Gadani in Pakistan. Though each uses a distinct medium and methodology, they all complicate the purported objectivity of the documentary image - photographic, archival, acoustic and filmic, with a surreal twist. 

Experimenting with various analogue cameras, film stocks and unconventional processing techniques, Ahmed’s large-scale prints and intimate polaroids zero in on the ships’ dismembered carcasses and capture minute details of the surrounding landscapes. In his moody images, the vessels appear as ghostly ruins and the site a picturesque nautical graveyard, much like the field of abandoned dhows near Warehouse421.

The exhibition takes its enigmatic title from a famous mid-19th-century painting by the French Realist Gustave Courbet, showing two male peasants breaking rocks. Courbet’s unflinching portrayals of the rural poor, which captured the impoverished conditions in which they lived and worked, inaugurated an important humanist tradition of social realist art.

date and time

Sat, Mar 07, 2020 10:00 AM - Sun, Apr 26, 2020 10:00 PM

event location

Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi

contact info

Warehouse421
Tel: 026768803

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