Hey’ Yah: Arab Women in Sport

July 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey’ Yah [Let’s Go, in Arabic] : Arab Women in Sport, is an exhibition by photographer Brigitte Lacombe and documentary maker Marian Lacombe, commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority. It will go on show at Sotheby’s London from 25 July – 15 August 2012, in conjunction with the XXX Olympiad in London.

Photographs (along with videos) of Arab sportswomen, like you’ve never seen them before, were taken last year by Lacombe, during the pre-Olympic Pan Arab Games in Doha, Qatar.

Woroud Sawalha, 20, is a Palestinian runner: “I trained by myself in the mountains of our village, where it’s filled with trees and nature. ”

Maryam Al-Boinin, also featured in a video, is a 14-year-old Qatari equestrian.

In the short video interview Maryam says: “when my sister started riding, girls didn’t have chances, they didn’t have clubs or opportunities to do these sports. Now … there are a lot of opportunities for girls to ride. What boys can do, girls can do. I’m so lucky.”

This trailer offers a glimpse into this series of striking portraits by the Lacombe sisters:

You can also find a great selection of images by Nowness, here.

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