SWIMMING IN BLUE AIR AN EXHIBITION BY MUSTAFA SABBAGH

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Wrong Weather Gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY WRONG WEATHER 2 – 30 OCTOBER 2010 PORTO, Portugal

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The Gallery Wrong Weather takes in and displays the latest series by Mustafa Sabbagh, ‘Swimming in blue air’. A set of 12 remarkable photographs revealing of the high caliber of the artist, a first in Portugal. Dissociating from the glamorised fiction of established concepts of beauty, Mustafa brings us images to be relished beyond the first glance – through one’s skin. Capable of creating an intense and serene sense of commotion, his work reverses the predictable roles and turns us into passive subjects at the mercy of the emotions driven by his photographs.

Born in Amman, Jordan, Mustafa Sabbagh adopted the Italian nationality in 1989 and studied architecture
at the University of Venice. For years he was the assistant of legendary photographer Richard Avedon and his fashion photography work has since become firmly established. He has collaborated with the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and his work has been featured in some of the world’s most important fashion magazines, such as Arena, The Face, Sports & Street, Mondo Uomo, Kult, Uomo Collezioni, Zoom on Fashion Trends, Gatsby, Front, Rodeo, Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Beyond publications, his work was seen at Bread & Butter Berlin 2004, Human Game – Fondazione Pitti 2006 and the Lee Jeans Book in Berlin.

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This exhibit at The Gallery Wrong Weather will coincide with the publication of Mustafa Sabbagh’s first book, About Skin, to be published as a limited edition by Damiani, where “far away from the widely used photoshop practice, Sabbagh moves easily from the polished language of fashion photography highlighting the subject of which he celebrates the natural imperfections of skin.”

The exhibit is commissioned by Rui Carvalho da Silva and will be held at The Gallery Wrong Weather, Avenida da Boavista, nº 754, Porto, near Casa da Música, from October 2 through 30, Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 to 19:30 – open at lunchtime. Entry is free.

Further information please contact:
Tel.: +351 919 330 790
ruicarvalhodasilva@gmail.com

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