Photographer, printmaker, artist, freethinker
Born in England to a Palestinian father and an English mother, I lived and worked in various countries in Europe and the Middle East. This gave me an appreciation of different peoples and cultures, which informed my relationship with the world.
My craft in photography and printmaking was shaped over 25 years through commercial work in advertising and design in London, Stockholm and Dubai, and through personal work on various artistic projects.
Beyond the intellectual and technical, my interest in art leans towards the emotional and the aesthetic. When I like a work of art, it is because I am drawn to it emotionally. Without knowing why, I instinctively know how it makes me feel. When working creatively I aim for elements of beauty and simplicity to naturally, even poetically, come together, and to inform the heart of the vastness within us.
“It is only with the heart that one can truly see. What is essential is invisible to the eye”. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince".
From analogue, film-based photography and darkroom printmaking, I moved to the technical excellence of digital image making. Years later, having a need for a manual connection and feel with my work I learned the craft of photogravure printmaking. Today, I combine whatever is needed to achieve a desired result. Art cannot be restrained by technical rules, it is an unbounded form of creative expression.
My work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums. It is included in private and public collections, including those of the Agha Khan, Bernard Arnault, the Hermes family, the Center for Creative Photography, Arizona, the National Museum of Jordan and members of Royal and ruling families in the Middle East and elsewhere.
These days I spend much of my time on a rural farm in Galicia, north-western Spain. I combine my creative interests with a healthy, holistic lifestyle tending our organic vegetable garden and fruit trees, walking our dogs, riding horses and letting my mind wander freely. I continue to pursue art projects, working introspectively with an ever-present connection to the Middle East as the genesis for new ideas. I also tutor a few photography and photogravure printmaking courses in a 100-year old farmhouse studio.
"There is a strange-making in much of Dajani’s work, a way of making perfectly ordinary things seem quite strange and extraordinary. Such work leaves the viewer feeling touched, moved, disturbed, with a whole complex of emotions, desperately wanting to know more.” John Wood, poet, photographic historian & editor.
III International Mini Print Cantabria, Santander, Spain
The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo, Blackburn 20 |20 Gallery, NY, US
Drinkers of the Wind, Katara Arts Centre, Doha, Qatar
Skin of the Print, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, UK
The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo, London Print Studio Gallery, UK
Kitab al-Filaha, Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain
Hikāyāt (stories), Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
Shadow and Light, Al-Mutanabbi Street project, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, UK
Kitab al-Filaha, Impact10, Santander, Spain
Kitab al-Filaha, Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
Drinkers of the Wind, Showcase, Dubai
Kitab Al-Filaha & La Alpujarra, Biblioteca de Andalucia, Granada, Spain
Kitab al-Filaha, Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
El Asil y El Noble, Kasser Rassu, Marbella, Spain
SAQR, the hunting falcon, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
An Eye for an Ear, Photography Open Salon, ChinaHouse, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
An Eye for an Ear, Photography Open Salon Arles, France
SAQR, the hunting falcon, Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
Playground, Lumas, Gallery, Köln, Germany
Above Wadi Rum, Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
ASIL, the Arabian horse, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, U.A.E.
Three Dimensions, The National Museum of Bahrain, Manama
My Name is Robot, The Jam Jar, Dubai
ASIL, the Arabian horse, DRC, Dubai, U.A.E.
ASIL, the Arabian horse, Zara Centre/ Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
Arabhästen, Galleri Hippo, Stockholm, Sweden
Skin, Galleri Z:e, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Abode, XVA Gallery/Harvey Nichols, Dubai
(DIFC Installation), The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai
Creek Art Fair, XVA Gallery, Dubai
International Color Awards (Fine Art Category) 1st Place)
Mind, EURO RSCG, London
Capture, AoP Gallery, London, UK
03, AoP Gallery, London, UK
John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
AoP 18th Awards, Portrait Series, London
Landmarks, AoP Gallery, London, UK
Edge, AoP Gallery, London, UK
Freedom Now, Photographers' Gallery, London, UK