Yamam Nabeel: Waiting for Time (Stories in Colour)

1 Oct 2021 – 11 Feb 2022

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08:00 – 18:00
08:00 – 18:00
08:00 – 18:00
08:00 – 18:00
08:00 – 18:00
08:00 – 18:00

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99 Bishopsgate

England, United Kingdom


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Stories in colour is an artistic study of truth versus fiction, of digital versus analogue technology, of colour versus monochrome; of old versus new; of reality versus perception.


It has been 36 years since the predicted world in George Orwell’s 1984. Our world is fundamentally different from the dystopian nightmare in Orwell’s novel. Though, he was right about one thing - our reality is only a perception, and it might be manipulated beyond our control. What we perceive is often not reality itself. With all available mediums to broadcast information, more often than not we are fed perceived realities. As Londoners we were told to “stay home”, and a new reality has taken shape for everyone – a different story for each person.

Most people see the world in colour, and colour photography has been the standard choice since its invention. Colour photography - especially digital colour photography - can portray the truest likeness. We see in colour, we are used to colour images, and we expect colour; It is life to us, or rather we are told so.

On the other hand, black and white images make us pause, make us reflect and take a deeper look. It is said that black and white photographs are timeless, but they can also take us back in time, sometimes beyond the reality we might be comfortable with. Black and white photography - especially portraits - convey a depth of emotion; a capturing of humanity in its rawest, truest way.

Nabeel’s aim was to capture the lockdown in a unique but delicate way, showing not only the emptiness of the lockdown, but also telling the personal story of each participant. Previously exhibiting his black and white analogue version of the series at the Fitzrovia Gallery in September 2021, the photos now appear in their full colour digital form. With each photo having an accompanying QR code, the viewer has the ability to be taken on a digital journey to view the image in its black and white, analogue form - displayed virtually alongside the subject’s lockdown story - which further plays on the idea of reality vs perception, taking you on a digital journey that utilises the contemporary experience of sharing artwork online, whilst giving the viewer the notion of being taken back in time to a previous era.

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