Doha Fashion Fridays presentation by co-founders Aparna Jayakumar and Khalid Albaih

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Doha Fashion Fridays co-founders Aparna Jayakumar and Khalid Albaih are joined by participating artist Shaima Al-Tamimi to talk about the founding and the future of this remarkable project. This presentation at the Fire Station is open to anyone to join and especially local photographers who are interested in learning more about participating in the future of Doha Fashion Fridays.

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Chaired by Tasweer’s Artistic Director Charlotte Cotton, this conversation speaks to the genesis and the project’s ethos, its challenges and triumphs. It will also highlight the photographic strategies that have been used consistently throughout this project to celebrate the individuality within Qatar’s migrant communities through the lens of photography and fashion.


Image: Aparna Jayakumar

About Aparna Jayakumar

Aparna Jayakumar is an Indian photographer who is internationally recognized for her multivalent photographic practice that straddles her art practice, editorial storytelling and commercial image-making. Jayakumar studied photography, film and art history in India and Greece. Since the 2000s, she has been an esteemed stills photographer on Bollywood film sets, also creating visual campaigns for India’s most successful cultural exports. Jayakumar’s independent photography projects narrate human stories. Jayakumar is also a skilled educator and has initiated community outreach programs using photography wherever she has lived, including in Qatar. In 2017, she began her collaboration with Khalid Albaih, photographing and interviewing migrant workers about their fashion style, and forming Doha Fashion Fridays.

About Khalid Albaih

Khalid Albaih is one of the most influential Arab Cartoonists, who first came to prominence during the Arab Spring across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. He is a Sudanese artist who was born in Bucharest, Romania and has lived in Qatar since the 1990s. In both his writing and his prolific political cartoon practice, Albaih prompts conversations and calls for attention to be paid to the shared challenges of immigration, race, power, conflict and identity. He is published widely in international publications including The Atlantic, PRI, and NPR, in addition to his written social and political commentary in publications such as The Guardian and Al Jazeera. He was awarded the New York Freedom Artists Residency by Artists at Risk Connection in 2019. In the same year, Albaih co-edited the illustrated book, Sudan Retold that presents artistic renderings of the history of Sudan by 30 Sudanese artists. As part of the historic The Walls Have Ears exhibition, Albaih created a sound installation of the stories of asylum seekers in Denmark, emanating from hidden speakers placed along a public underpass as part of documenta fifteen in Kasel, Germany in 2022.

About Shaima Al-Tamimi

Shaima Al-Tamimi is a Yemeni-East African visual storyteller based in Qatar. Her work is an inspirational melding of her and her family’s story and the social and cultural issues it reflects. She explores themes relating to patterns and impacts of migration and identity. Through the mediums of photography, film, and writing, Al-Tamimi interweaves historical and family archives with her photographic portraits, and builds upon her deeply-rooted and highly-personal documentary approach in new and unexpected ways. She is currently a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, London, United Kingdom.

In 2020, she was awarded a Photography and Social Justice Fellowship by the Magnum Foundation, where she developed her multimedia project and film Don’t Get Too Comfortable. In 2021, it was nominated for the Orrizonti Award for Best Short film at the 78th Venice International Film Festival (La Biennale) and was the first Yemeni film to have participated at Venice to date. Don’t Get Too Comfortable is an expansion of her long-term project As if we never came, which is currently on show at Mathaf in partnership with Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar, who awarded Al-Tamimi a 2021 Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award grant. Her project has also been supported by the Arab Documentary Photography Program and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and received additional support from Women Photograph + Nikon USA, and the Prince Claus Fund.