(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Joelyn Baluyut | The Peninsula
Marvel at Doha's architecture at nighttime in a photo exhibit dubbed“Sharada” organised by the Italian Embassy in Doha and Qatar National Library (QNL).
The exhibition is composed of 15 photographs shot by Italian professional photographer Francesca Pompei whose work focused on arts and architectural images.
Italian Ambassador to Qatar, H E Ambassador Alessandro Prunas told The Peninsula:“When we decided to join the celebration of Italian Contemporary Art Day, there's nothing best but putting the beauty that Doha can offer through the eyes of an Italian artist.” He added the exhibition is“meaningful” as it captures the linkage of Doha and Italy through photographs.
Pompei's photographic approach to Doha stems from her fascination of the book The Thousand and One Nights which her mother and grandmother used to read when she was young.“This has developed my passion to the Middle East region.”
“I tried to do my best to communicate what for me was almost metaphysical and dreamy atmosphere that recalls me the atmosphere idea on the book.” This is the first major exhibit of Pompei in Qatar.
Browsing through the photos, one can notice that every image was shot during nighttime. Pompei explained why:“It is a personal choice. I prefer the night atmosphere because it is silent and more thoughtful. I graduated in philosophy, so my personal approach to images and photography is slow and thoughtful, so I prefer to work at night. This is the time when everybody's sleeping, nobody's around and I can take my time to catch the right moment when everything is perfect with mind, heart and shot.”
The exhibit will run until January 12, 2022, and can be viewed during the library's opening hours — Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday, 4pm to 8pm.
The images were shot in 2020 during the pre-COVID days. The public can look through the images of Museum of Islamic Art, Aspire Zone, National Museum of Qatar, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Ceremonial Court in Education City, Souq Waqif mosque, and Education City Museum.
Pompei is a professional photographer focused on arts and architectural images. She was a member of the board of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual from 2014 to 2020. She is also a member of PhotoVogue and is represented by the Art-Commerce Agency-PhotoVogue Collection New York.
Her photos have been featured in national and international exhibitions such as Art Fair Paris 209, Viusali Italiane-Tokyo 2020, Aesthetica 2021-York Art Gallery, and New Buildings 2021-Fuorisalone Milan.
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