Friday, May 29, 2009

'Orientalism' in its true context

In the spirit of artistic collaboration, I would like to bring the work of Naim Farhat of Lebanon to your attention - an historical collection of photography and artwork compiled over many years. 

'Orientalist photography', as the website indicates, "was created out of one individual's efforts to preserve valuable historical information about the effects of Imperialism and Colonialism on the Arab world and make it accessible to all peoples...   It is a resource for present and future generations to learn from, so as not to welcome nor encourage colonial imperialism.
Orientalist photography (and painting) was borne out of the westerners' desire for amusement and entertainment."

I post it so that the true meaning of 'orientalism' may be understood.    



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