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Over the last several decades, many landscapes within Arab countries of the Gulf region have been negatively impacted by revenue streams generated by the natural resources and mass tourism. Thus, in a relatively short time, the culture has rapidly transitioned from nomadic "Bedouins" (in Arabic desert dwellers) to a modern technological society. In my series, "Min Turab" - an Arabic expression that translates to "from under the earth"- I meticulously documented the variety of transformations that are underway in the Gulf region. My photographs describe the shift from a traditional and austere civilization to a postmodern culture that is heavily influenced by capitalism and consumerism.
Roger Grasas' exhibition and visit to Head On Photo Festival 2019 is supported by
When: 1pm Saturday 4 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall
Roger Grasas was born in Barcelona in 1970. He received a degree in photography at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1998, and later received a degree in aesthetics in 2004 and a Master’s degree in philosophy in 2012 at the University of Barcelona. Grasas’ images have been the subject of several solo exhibitions in Spain, such as SCAN Festival, Fine ArtIgualada, and Casa Árabe. His work has also been included in various international group exhibitions, such as Miami Aqua Fair, Foto London, Usagi Gallery in New York, and Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, and more. Grasas’ work is represented by Zoom in Spain. He currently resides in Barcelona, Spain and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.