Grand Palais Éphémère
Preview: 9 - 10 November | 11 - 14 November, 2021
Our solo booth will showcase the invaluable archive created by Latif Al Ani of a shifting socio-political, economic and cultural landscape in Iraq during the late 50s and early 70s. His work interrogates the complex relationship between past and present, activating a transmission process from older to younger generations, revealing a past and visual imagery largely unknown to Iraqis themselves.
He was the first photographer to shoot aerial views of Iraq’s archeological sites and its capital city of Baghdad. On the side, he developed a singular aesthetic language that challenged the social and documentary photography canons of that time. He looked for beauty and the uncanny in the portraits of ‘his own people', historical monuments, street scenes and imposing landscapes.