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British Council’s portrait exhibition
The British Council is taking part of the Doha Cultural Festival 2008
DOHA • The British Council will organise a Classroom Portrait Exhibition as part of the Doha Cultural Festival 2008.

The event will take place at Landmark mall from March 1 to March 8 and at Hayat Plaza from March 9 to March 15. It is being held in collaboration with the National Council of Cultural Arts and Heritage and the Visual Arts Centre.

The exhibition will include a global collection of classroom portraits. The British Council has commissioned Julian Germain, the British photographer, to produce a series of classroom portraits from across the Middle East, which follows on from his successful pilot projects in schools in the North of England.

'I had been thinking about education as a possible subject to investigate for some time; in recent years schooling has become so critical for so many families in the UK. What interested me as a photographer was the physicality of school - the buildings, the classrooms and uniforms, the children. What is contemporary school like and why is it so rarely explored in art?,' said Julian German.

Alongside the classroom portraits the photographer has chosen to include an additional layer of information in the form of statistics. The photographs have the potential to trigger all kinds of responses and memories from anyone who has been to school. The statistics tell us things that the photographs alone cannot, adding to our sense of what the pupils think and feel — about themselves school and the world beyond.

Text by The Peninsula

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