Bringing art ever closer to its audiences, Manarat Al Saadiyat has launched a virtual reality exhibition.
“Celestial: A Journey Through Space and Time” runs through 30th December and features stunning photographs from the UAE-based astrophotographer Samy Olabi.
The exhibition highlights Olabi’s creative process, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the depths of the desert, enabling them to explore the night sky through the eyes of the artist.
“Through photography, you can freeze a great moment in time, or share a breath-taking scene with the world. You can deliver deep meaning by expressing your ideas and concepts, which pictures convey silently to dramatic effect. Photography is a visual language that is widely understood and it represents a time-out from the hustle and rapid rhythms of life.” said Olabi.
“As part of our response to the challenges and difficulties brought about by COVID-19, we have been working hard to explore new ways in which we can bring artists and audiences together” underlined Fatima Yousef Al Youssef, Public Engagement and Programming Head at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Narendra Menon, Managing Director of Nikon Middle East FZE, commented, “While we are bound by social distancing restrictions, Celestial represents an overcoming of social barriers, a bridge to the community.“
Olabi is a multi-award-winning photographer whose body of work is regarded as one of the best in the region, featuring on CNN, National Geographic, Microsoft, Apple billboards and more.
The virtual exhibition Celestial: A Journey Through Space and Time is free of charge and available for viewing at https://vr.manaratalsaadiyat.ae.