A River Flows Downstream

June 14 - October 13, 2023

Curated by Roï Saade
Presented in partnership with Tribe Photo Magazine

A River Flows Downstream explores the concept of a journey along the river into the disparate world of ecosystems in different space and time.

While drifting downstream through the various works on display, the viewer is invited by each of the 8 participating artists into their lived world to witness the shifting ecological and cultural landscapes that they inhabit.

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Photo: Zied Ben Romdhane, Phosphate 1, from the Phosphate Series. 2014.
Courtesy of the artist. On view at the MEI gallery

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Creators' Corner

An interview series featuring leading Arab and Arab-American actors, comedians, directors, writers and other ground-breaking creators highlighting their important contributions to the global cultural scene. Produced and hosted by Emmy-nominated journalist and producer Rhana Natour.

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Tribe Photo Magazine

Tribe is a non-profit publication focused on documenting photography, video and new media from the Arab world. As a global platform, its core mission is to create an archive and stimulate dialogue about the artists--emerging and established--who are defining their practice.

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