The often conceptual and experimental photographs and installations of Lebanese artist Mohamad Badr elucidate his deep concern for spiritual, social and political issues. Investigating the daily lives of locals in remote and extraordinary places, his poetic documentation of rites of passage – from the blood-letting Ashoura rituals in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon to the Shivaratri rituals and public cremations in Kathmandu, Nepal – question the dynamics of cultural experience and the power structures contained therein. Recent work, such as his photographic series, Prayers of Light, examines the role of faith in everyday life, capturing the intimacy of the prayer experience and moments of transcendental communion with the Divine.
Born in 1981 in Lebanon, Mohamad Badr lives and works in Dubai. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography competition, and the Live Achrafieh Honorary Award for his contribution to the community (2011). He was also nominated for the fourth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability (2012). His work has since appeared in Power, the fifth book published by teNeues for the Prix Pictet. He is the founder of the Lakum Hamra2akoum wa Li Hamra2, photography project in Lebanon, and Mosaic: Achrafieh International Photography Contest, Lebanon’s first international photography competition. Selected solo shows include Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2012).
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