Ramadan in Yemen

  • © Max Pam - Ramadan in Yemen
    © Max Pam - Ramadan in Yemen
  • © Max Pam - Ramadan in Yemen
    © Max Pam - Ramadan in Yemen
Max Pam
15 July – 10 Sept 2014

Ramadan in Yemen documents the travels of photographer, Max Pam though this amazing country in the late 1990's. Working exclusively in black and white and utilizing a square format, Pam translated his exploration and experiences into a series of images and diary entries, reflecting his distinctive style: a layering of words and images.

Pam travelled across the country, sharing 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, returning with an intimate journal of his experiences. The additional layers of ephemeral material and writing creates a record of a very specific moment in time, giving an in-depth insight into his creative processes; “ …Because a lot of things you can’t photograph, but you can draw and write about… they are important to me; those other ways of defining experience.

Born in 1949, Max Pam grew up in post war, suburban Melbourne in Australia. During his teen years he found himself drawn into the counter culture of surfing and was intrigued by the imagery in National Geographic and Surfer magazines, which planted the wanderlust for travel that would fuel his future artistic vision. Leaving Australia at the age of 20, Pam worked as a photographer, assisting an astrophysicist; they drove from Calcutta to London in the early 1970’s. From then until now, his in-depth, personal travel experiences have formed his artistic vision.

Pam is storyteller par excellence. His carnets de voyage takes takes a fresh look at the countries he visits through his distinctive vision. Describing the act of photographing as “… a totally beautiful invitation to jump headlong into something unknown and inviting..” he unveils the mutual curiosity experienced by both photographer and subject. Pam’s works have been published in leading international journals and are 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.

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.http://www.maxpam.com

Copies of the book Ramadan in Yemen by Max Pam will also be available for purchase (signed) in our bookshop. This is a limited edition publication of 1000 copies: 92 pages with tipped-in photograph on embossed hardcover in a specially designed Clamshell (28 x 28 cm – book 25.5 x 25.5cm)
Price: $120 USD
Publication date: October 2011 by publisher Éditions Bessard, Designed by Titus Nemeth.
The exhibition runs until Wednesday 10 September.

For more information on this exhibition contact Elie Domit at: elie@east-wing.org or telephone: +971 5055 33 879

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