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Louder Than Hearts

Women Photographers from the Arab World and Iran

May 9, 2024 - October 4, 2024

Curated by Rania Matar
In partnership with Tribe

Farah (2020), from the series 50 Years Later, Courtesy of Rania Matar
Farah (2020), from the series 50 Years Later, Courtesy of Rania Matar

Louder Than Hearts features the work of ten women artists from the Arab World and Iran who capture the resilience, strength, beauty, and creativity of women in the region, often in the face of great adversity. 
Hailing from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, the photographers explore the diversity of experiences and personal narratives told by women across a vast geographic area. The exhibition reveals the role of both the photographers and their protagonists as trailblazers and catalysts for change in their communities, providing a rare portrait of women in the Middle East as voices of peace, courage, and hope. 

The exhibition is presented in partnership with Tribe, a non-profit publication and platform focused on documenting photography, film and video from the Arab world, and is made possible with the generous support of MEI Board of Governors member and professional photographer Anne B. Keiser.

The title is adopted from a poetry collection on love and loss by Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck.

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Opening Art Talk - The Sea of Life: Modern and Contemporary Art from The Kingdom of Bahrain

Co-curator and MEI Arts and Culture Center Director Lyne Sneige speaks with artists Mariam AlNoaimi, Ghada Khunji, and Jamal AlYousif about their work in MEI's latest gallery exhibition "The Sea of Life: Modern and Contemporary Art from The Kingdom of Bahrain." 

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Creators' Corner

An interview series featuring leading Arab and Arab-American actors, comedians, directors, writers and other ground-breaking creators highlighting their important contributions to the global cultural scene. Produced and hosted by Emmy-nominated journalist and producer Rhana Natour.

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Tribe Photo Magazine

Tribe is a non-profit publication focused on documenting photography, video and new media from the Arab world. As a global platform, its core mission is to create an archive and stimulate dialogue about the artists--emerging and established--who are defining their practice.

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