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TARIQ DAJANI

Photographer, printmaker, freethinker

 

STATEMENT

 

When I am drawn to a work of art, I instinctively know how it makes me feel. I engage emotionally before rational thoughts of what, how and why come into play. This tells me that, for me, art is primarily an emotional experience. Thus I focus on that understanding in my own works. 

I seek beauty and simplicity, celebrating the aesthetic, silencing the noise and transcending the mundane, everyday realities, allowing fragments of memories to feed into present experiences, exploring what resonates within... 

To have the feeling of the night, not to just see it as it is.

“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"

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in the UK to a Palestinian father and English mother, Tariq Dajani’s early experience of life in Europe and the Middle East gave him a valuable perspective of cultural and ethnic diversity. An early creative interest in music and art later led him to photography and printmaking.

Over a period of 25 years, Dajani learned his craft working in advertising and design and on art projects and exhibitions. He gradually developed a style that resonated with the truth and emotion that he was seeking. Recurring themes in his work relate to identity, belonging, and his Arab heritage.

He has exhibited in numerous shows internationally, and has won several awards. His prints are owned by art lovers and collectors worldwide, and are included in several public and private collections.

A photographer, printmaker and freethinker, Dajani now spends most of his time working on art projects and tutoring in photography and photogravure printmaking in his ancient farmhouse studio in Spain. He combines creative interests with a healthy lifestyle connecting to nature and working on his organic farm with his partner and their family of Saluki dogs and Arabian horses.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY

"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

“Tariq Dajani is a photographer and printmaker. He is mostly known for his poetic portrait studies of the Arabian horse and the hunting falcon. Beautifully observed and mastered, the work displays intellectual depth and emotional maturity. It is contemporary while invoking something of the European Masters.” ~ Barbara Rowell, gallery owner, Jacaranda Images 

A FEW LINKS

"Tariq Dajani", Rfotofolio

The Art of Filāḥa”, Collier Brown, Lensculture

"A thing of beauty", Matthew Teller

"Photographic Studies of the Arabian Horse", Horse Times

Caballo Árabe (in Spanish)

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

"Drinkers of the Wind", Katara Arts Centre, Doha, Qatar 

2019

"Kitab al-Filaha", Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain

"Hikāyāt (stories)", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan

2018

"Kitab al-Filaha", Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain

"Drinkers of the Wind", Showcase, Dubai

2017

"Kitab Al-Filaha & La Alpujarra", Biblioteca de Andalucia, Granada, Spain

2015

"Kitab al-Filaha", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan

2014

"El Asil y El Noble", Kasser Rassu, Marbella, Spain

2013

"SAQR, the hunting falcon", Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2011

"SAQR, the hunting falcon", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan

2009

"Above Wadi Rum", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan

"ASIL, the Arabian horse", The Empty Quarter, Dubai, U.A.E.

2008

"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

(DIFC Installation), The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai

Creek Art Fair, XVA Gallery, Duba

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

"Shadow and Light", University of Iowa, USA

"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Coral Gables Museum, Florida, USA

2022

"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Impact12, Univeristy of Bristol, UK

"Gratitude", Cervantes Centre, Image Festival Amman, Jordan

"Trees Stir in their Leaves", Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona, USA

"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Shadow and Light", Al-Mutanabbi Street project, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2021

"Retrospectiva: una década de reencuentro con el mundo árabe"Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain

"The Gallery", The Gallery Building, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Agawami International Miniture Print Exhibition, Shikoku Island, Japan

"III International Mini Print Cantabria", Instituto Cervantes, Bordeaux, France

2020

"III International Mini Print Cantabria", Santander, Spain

"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Blackburn 20 |20 Gallery, NY, US

2019

"Skin of the Print", Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, UK

"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", London Print Studio Gallery, UK

"Shadow and Light", Al-Mutanabbi Street project, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, UK

2018

"Kitab al-Filaha", Impact10, Santander, Spain

2013

"An Eye for an Ear", Photography Open Salon, ChinaHouse, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

2012

"An Eye for an Ear", Photography Open Salon Arles, France

2010

"Playground", Lumas, Gallery, Köln, Germany

2009

"Three Dimensions", The National Museum of Bahrain, Manama

"My Name is Robot", The Jam Jar, Dubai

2008

"Art Abode", XVA Gallery/Harvey Nichols, Dubai

2005

"Capture", AoP Gallery, London, UK

2003

"03", AoP Gallery, London, UK

2001

John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2000

"Landmarks", AoP Gallery, London, UK 

1999

"Edge", AoP Gallery, London, UK

1994

"Freedom Now", Photographers' Gallery, London, UK

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