Press Release Hey'yah - Arab Women in Sports (English)
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Press Release Qatar Museums Authority organizes “Hey’Yah: Arab Women in Sport” exhibition in LondonDoha, 20 June 2012 - Commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority, Hey’Yah: ArabWomen in Sport, the first exhibition in London by the internationally renownedphotographer Brigitte Lacombe with the documentary maker Marian Lacombe, willgo on show at Sotheby’s London from 25 July – 11 August 2012 in conjunction withthe XXX Olympiad in London.The exhibition features a brand new series of large-scale photographs byBrigitte Lacombe of more than 50 Arab sportswomen, from beginners to Olympians,from 20 different Arab countries, shown alongside videos by her sister, MarianLacombe, which situate the images within the women’s personal histories and a wider–often unspoken – discourse of gender, culture and sport in the Arab world.The project, shot over a period of seven months, began in December 2011, in theAthletes Village at the Arab Games in Doha, where Brigitte and Marian Lacombe setup a specially created outdoor studio, working side by side. Thereafter they travelledworking with women athletes of all ages and levels of achievement in countries fromthe Gulf to North Africa. With the support of Qatar’s Aspire programme, whichpromotes sporting opportunities for young people, they also worked with the talentedyounger generation of sporting hopefuls.The exhibition was conceived by the Qatar Museums Authority, combining theirlong-standing commitment to commissioning and showing the work of internationallyrenowned artists with the wider goal of the country to drive forward Qatar’s aim ofeducating and sparking debate about sport, and of persuading more girls to find a wayto participate.Award-winning French photographer Brigitte Lacombe lives in New York City. Overthe last thirty years, she has worked extensively on assignments in magazines, thetheatre and film. The long list of legendary directors she has worked with includeSteven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Michael Haneke,David Mamet, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, and since 1983 she has worked on allDavid Mamet’s productions. Her work has been extensively published including twomonographs (2001 and 2009). Since 2009, she has been working on an ongoingproject for the Doha Film Institute and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.Entitled, I am Film, this is a collection of portraits of international filmmaker andactors, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Middle East region.
Marian Lacombe works as an independent documentary film-maker, following 20years as a reporter, anchorwoman and editor-in-chief on daily news and magazines forthe French tv channel M6 in Paris. She has directed documentaries on filmmakers,choreographers and designers such as Robert Altman, Philippe Decouflé andChristian Lacroix. Since 2010, she has been working with Brigitte Lacombe for theDoha Film Institute photographic project I am Film. She also travels around the worldfilming and working on travel assignments for Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.Hey’Ya, the title of the exhibition is an Arabic expression meaning Let’s Go. - Ends-For more information please contact:Omar Chaikhouni, QMA+974.4422.4608 / email@example.comAbout Qatar Museums AuthorityEstablished in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thanito combine the resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, Qatar MuseumsAuthority (QMA) is a governmental organization whose remit is to develop museumsand cultural institutions and provide an effective system for collecting, protecting,preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments and artifacts. Under theleadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QMA is transforming theState of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. The Museum of Islamic Art,inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project. The organization won furtherglobal acclaim with the December 2010 opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of ModernArt. QMA’s goal of becoming a “global leader in the world of museums, art andheritage” will be advanced in the coming years with ambitious, world-class projects,including the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. For furtherinformation, please visit www.qma.org.qa.