Join photographer Adel Quraishi for an private tour of his exhibition, The Guardians, followed by an opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
The exhibition: The Guardians at Leighton House Museum. As part of Nour Festival of Arts.
Photographer Adel Quraishi was commissioned to produce portraits of the eight remaining ‘Guardians’ of the Prophet’s Mosque (Al-Masjid al-Nabawī) by the Governor of Medina. Once numbered in the hundreds, the Guardians date back to the 11th Century and are the keepers of the keys to the Prophet Muhammad’s burial chamber. Quaraishi is the only man to have been permitted to photograph these subjects, the last of their generation, with three having since passed away.
Quraishi’s sensitive handling of his subjects is evident in the emotion that is conveyed by his sitters, while his technicality shines through in the radiant composition of the photographs. Rendered on a large scale, it is impossible not to be moved by the connection between viewer and subject when confronted with the works.
Adel Quraishi is a Saudi Arabian photographer and artist. Born in Al Khobar in 1968, he grew up fascinated by the photographic medium and experimented with various cameras from a young age and into adulthood. Under the tutelage of Brazilian photographer Humberto da Silveira, Quraishi developed a vast repertoire in medium and material, but has focused on portraiture.
In collaboration with The Park Gallery
When & Where
Leighton House Museum
Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century.
The house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The Arab Hall is the centerpiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles, mostly brought back from Damascus in Syria, the interior with its gold mosaics, marble columns and golden dome evokes a compelling vision of the Orient.
The opulence continues through the other richly decorated interiors, with elaborate mosaic floors and walls lined with peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is the Silk Room with its display of paintings by Leighton’s friends and contemporaries and the grand painting studio with its great north window, dome and apse – the room in which all Leighton’s important later works were produced including the celebrated Flaming June.