Doha landmarks Italian photography exhibition opens at QNL

Italian Ambassador Alessandro Prunas and photographer Francesca Pompei at the launch of the exhibition. Photo: Joelyn Baluyut / The Peninsula

Marvel at the architecture of Doha at night in a photo exhibition titled “Sharada” hosted by the Embassy of Italy in Doha and the Qatar National Library (QNL).

The exhibition consists of 15 photographs taken by professional Italian photographer Francesca Pompei whose work has focused on the arts and architectural images.

The Italian Ambassador to Qatar, HE Ambassador Alessandro Prunas, told The Peninsula: “When we decided to join in the celebration of Italian Contemporary Art Day, there is nothing better than putting the beauty that Doha can offer through the eyes of an Italian artist. He added that the exhibition is “meaningful” because it captures the connection between Doha and Italy through photographs.

Pompei’s photographic approach to Doha stems from his fascination with the book The Thousand and One Nights his mother and grandmother read when she was young. “It developed my passion for the Middle East region. “

“I tried to do my best to communicate what to me was an almost metaphysical, dreamlike atmosphere that reminds me of the idea of ​​atmosphere on the book.” This is the first major exhibition of Pompeii in Qatar.

Browsing through the photos, one can notice that each image was taken overnight. Pompeii explained why: “It’s a personal choice. I prefer the nocturnal atmosphere because it is silent and more thoughtful. I am a graduate in philosophy, so my personal approach to image and photography is slow and thoughtful, so I prefer to work at night. This is the time when everyone is asleep, no one is there and I can take my time to capture the right moment when everything is perfect with the mind, heart and stroke.

The exhibition will run until January 12, 2022 and can be viewed during library opening hours – Saturday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The footage was shot in 2020 during the pre-COVID days. Audience can look through the images of the Museum of Islamic Art, Aspire Area, Qatar National Museum, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Education City Ceremonial Court, Souq Mosque Waqif and the city’s museum of education.

Pompei is a professional photographer specializing in the arts and architectural images. She was a member of the board of directors 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 Agency Art-Commerce-PhotoVogue Collection New York.

His photos have been presented 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.

Michael E. Marquez