A body of work by Farah Foudeh that is influenced by the artist’s experience working in tourism development in Jordan, Bedu centers around the question of identity as performance. Just as early Western orientalist photography used the lens as a tool to define ‘the Arab man’, so does the voyeurism of today’s traveler continue to perpetuate the image of ‘the Other’. Forever represented as the nomadic man living a quaint life in the desert, the bedu man, unlike the rest of the world, is seen as immune to the impact of time, development, and modernity.
Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai. November 12, 2018 - January 27, 2019. For more information, visit gulfphotoplus.com