East Wing Dubai
A New Platform for Photography presents
Ramadan In Yemen
The first exhibition of this celebrated
journal of photographs and text
By Australian Artist
15 July – 10 Sept 2014
Ramadan in Yemen documents the travels of Australian photographer, Max Pam though this amazing country in the late 1990's a period marked by Yemen’s first national election. Working exclusively in black and white, Pam translated his exploration and experiences into a series of images and diary entries, which reflect this artist’s distinctive style; a layering of words, ephemera and images.
Traveling across the country, Pam shared in the everyday lives of its people from the capital, Sanaa, to Shibam, Taizz, and Al Mukallah; then through the desert, along the country’s coastline and up into its mountain regions. The additional layers of his handwritten journal entries, annotations, notes, marks and other ephemera give an in-depth insight into his creative processes; “…Because a lot of things you can’t photograph, but you can draw and write about and they are important to me; those other ways of defining experience.”
is recognized around the world for his visual travel explorations. He was born and grew up in post war, suburban Melbourne. During his teen years Pam escaped into the counter culture of surfing and was seduced by imagery in National Geographic and Surfer magazines.
Leaving Australia at the age of 20, Pam became a photographic assistant to an astrophysicist; together they drove from Calcutta to London in the early 1970’s beginning the in-depth, travel experiences which have shaped his artistic work, always keeping in the forefront his humanitarian, optimistic and empathic vision. Pam is a storyteller par excellence. He says of his ongoing travels; “I want to continue to tell a story, to explore conventions and turn them on their head.” His work reveals unfolding random events, always evoking a sense of intimacy. Pam describes the act of photographing as “… a totally beautiful invitation to jump headlong into something unknown and inviting...”
Max Pam’s work has been published in leading international journals and is included in major public and private collections in Australia, Great Britain, France and Japan. He currently teaches photo-media at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia and has published a number of his photographic journals that have been widely celebrated. Pam feels that books are the best format for translating his experiences and vision.
He says about Ramadam in Yemen; “What could I say about Yemen that did it justice. I tried in my journals to work it honestly… that hot, spare and beautiful Ramadan… The faithful waiting for the moment. The cannon booms from the mosque in the afterglow of the day. KABOOMMMM and the frenzy of quat buying, tea drinking and food eating begins at the suqs and squares and oases and towns all over the country. Everyone happy, elated, laughing and joking, sitting down together as one nation… People always wanted me to share and be a part of their Ramadan, their community, their Yemen…That unforgettable Ramadan month. An experience freely given to me by the generosity of the Yemeni people"