‘Bedu’ addresses issues of identity and representation by studying
the history of western orientalist photographic representation of the
Within this context, the Bedouin man is constantly performing
for the voyeuristic gaze.
Forever represented as the nomadic man living a quaint life in the desert,
unlike the rest of the world is immune to the impact of time, development, and modernity.
The exotic lens which captured ‘the Other’, has shaped the global perception of the
region under the same lens. And continues to shape it today.
I worked in collaboration with the Bedouin men of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan to create an inclusive
and reflective body of work. It is a performative play with the viewer’s vision of the man, the desert
and the relationship between both.
This dance within the landscape hopes to emphasise the performative role that plays into most
aspects of the tourism industry. As a person who seeks to experience people and places through your lens,
what role do you play in this performance, and shaping the reality of the people who are captured through your lens?
National Gallery of Arts, Amman.
Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai.