In 2016 Pauliana Valente Pimentel had in Lisbon, in “o - apartamento” the first exhibition about her experience in the Arab world, a work she did in Dubai. She had the opportunity to come back to the United Arab Emirates in 2018, to come closer and get a deeper immersion into this reality, and now she is presenting her final work in “Sala 117” gallery in Oporto.
“In 2015 I was invited by the curator Marie Loffreda to develop a photographic project on Dubai. The aim was to build a visual memory, recording everyday situations, placing a photographic image between documentary and poetry, in a record rooted in the tradition of Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Stephen Shore or Alec Soth where a wandering Resulting in an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes and interiors. Visually what has fascinated me the most for a dream side, a plastic and not real side that is confused with a reality. I was particularly interested in photographing the sites, the Emirati and trying to touch a way they live their intimacy. I could not stay the same as this city of the United Arab Emirates evolved in so few years thanks to oil and commerce, sprouting from the sands of the Arabian Desert”
Pauliana Valente Pimentel,
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