‘Arab Women in Sport’ Exhibition Opens in London

London, July 25 (QNA) - The "Arab Women in Sport" exhibition was opened here at Sotheby's Gallery in London in conjunction with the XXX Olympiad. The opening ceremony was attended by HE the secretary general of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) CEO Mansoor Al Khater along with senior officials from International Sports Committee. 
The exhibition, extending until August 11, features a series of large-scale photographs by Brigitte Lacombe shown alongside videos by documentary filmmaker Marian Lacombe, of more than 50 Arab sportswomen from 20 different Arab countries from beginners to Olympians, which situate the images within a wider discourse of gender, culture and sport in the Arab world.
The exhibition was conceived by QMA, combining its long-standing commitment to commissioning and showing the work of internationally renowned artists with the wider goal of the country to drive forward Qatar's aim of educating and sparking debate about sport, and of persuading more girls to find a way to participate, indicated a release by QMA on Wednesday.
The project, shot over a period of seven months, began in December 2011, during which Brigitte and Marian Lacombe set up a specially created outdoor studio, working side by side. Thereafter they travelled working with women athletes of all ages and levels of achievement in countries from all over the Arab world.
With the support of Qatar's Aspire programme, which promotes sporting opportunities for young people, they also worked with the talented younger generation of sporting hopefuls. (QNA)

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