Sharjah launches new “Gallery X” photography exhibition

Photo exhibition titled “Salt, Sweat, Blood” by Francesco Zizola on the opening day of Gallery X at Al Majaz Amphitheater in Sharjah on Monday
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Sharjah: Gallery X, a new permanent photographic exhibition organized by the Xposure International Photography Festival, launched on Monday at the Al Majaz Amphitheater in Sharjah.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council inaugurated Gallery X.


Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, at the opening of Gallery X on Monday in Sharjah
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Gallery X celebrates world famous photographers and is dedicated to showcasing a selection of their works. The Deputy Ruler of Sharjah visited the exhibition, which marks its debut with a collection of photographic prints by award-winning Italian photographer Francesco Zizola and British photographer Anthony Lamb, whose works have appeared in major international magazines and newspapers.

Zizola informed Sheikh Sultan about his “Salt, Sweat, Blood” themed collection while Anthony Lamb presented his unique take on “Escapes”.

The permanent exhibition also offered amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to participate in workshops led by world-renowned photographers.

“Salt, sweat, blood”

Zizola’s collection of photographs is part of a long-term project on which the artist has been working for several years (2017-2019) and focuses on the relationship between man and nature. Water, or the deep sea, is the main subject of the images in the exhibition.


In his series of photographs titled “Escapes,” Lamb uses negative space and an ethereal aesthetic to provide the viewer with a sense of serenity and calm. The collection includes images of mangroves in Abu Dhabi, which are an integral part of the UAE’s coastal ecosystem.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr Khaled Omar Al Midfa, President of Sharjah Media City; Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, director general of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority; Tariq Saeed Allay, Director General of the Sharjah Government Media Office; Hassan Yacoub Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Sharjah Media Council; Alia Al Suwaidi, director of SGMB; and several photographers and media.

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