“Mount Hood” by Andrew Studer, 2021

About the Exhibition

Duration: November 19th – December 25th 2021
Location: Qatar America Institute of Culture, 1319 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

As part of the Qatar – USA 2021 Year of Culture program, Light & Shadow: A visual journey through Oregon presents the work of two photographers, Andrew Studer and Khalifa Al-Misnad, during their ten-day journey photographing the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

While embarking on the journey as strangers, Studer and Al-Misnad quickly bonded through their shared love of photography and nature. The pair endured early mornings, strenuous hikes, and inclement weather, as they ventured over Mount Hood, the Cascades, the Three Sisters, as well as up and down the Oregon coast.

The result of their journey is a series of photographs that not only serve as documentation of the natural wonders in the Pacific Northwest but also as individual perspectives meeting to appreciate the present moment.

Embodying the true spirit of the Years of Culture program, both photographers championed each other’s inquisitive nature while learning from one another. For Studer, he enjoyed witnessing Al-Misnad’s botanic curiosity and viewing his native Oregon through “fresh eyes.” At the same time, Al-Misnad admired Studer for shedding his inhibitions, searching for a perfect shot.

With curation and guidance by prolific landscape photographer Michael Shainblum, the Photography Exchange Exhibition is a resounding affirmation that photography is a universal language not limited by borders, cultures, or people.

About the Photographers

Andrew Studer

Andrew Studer is a professional outdoor commercial photographer, videographer, and timelapse cinematographer based in Portland, Oregon. With a huge passion for the outdoors, Andrew constantly seeks out adventure and unique and engaging ways to capture what he sees. 

Andrew began his freelance career in the summer of 2015, creating content for various clients in the outdoors. He now spends over a third of the year traveling worldwide on commissioned shoots and adventures, capturing content for his photo collections.

His passion has driven him to capture the world in a way that allows viewers to have a strong sense of appreciation for nature and the world. From images of seals swimming through glaciers to portraiture of remote Himalayan tribespeople, Andrew’s work showcases the beauty throughout the world.

His work has been licensed and featured in National Geographic, Yahoo News, BBC Earth, The Sarah Silverman Show, The Weather Channel, Al Jazeera, CBS News, The Daily Mail, and more.

Khalifa Al-Misnad

Khalifa Al-Misnad is an entrepreneur, creative, and endurance athlete from Doha, Qatar. After studying mechanical engineering, Al-Misnad received his master’s degree in law and worked as an in-house legal counsel for Qatar Petroleum before beginning his entrepreneurial career.

Qatar’s proximity and easy access to three continents provided him the opportunity to travel to various environments sparking his interest to pick up landscape photography, which has played an important role in how he frames the world around him.

Al-Misnad’s entrepreneurial career has afforded him the freedom to pursue his adventures and his love of photography. Whether it’s through photography or his entrepreneurial endeavors, he hopes his work can positively impact the world around him.

About the Curator

Michael Shainblum

Michael Shainblum is a prolific landscape, time-lapse, and aerial photographer based in San Francisco, California. He has been working professionally as a photographer and filmmaker since he was 16 years old.

While initially interested in graphic design, after doing behind-the-scenes video and studio work in college, he then got into time-lapse and fine art photography. Since first sharing his astrophotography on social media, his following has organically grown and has allowed him to teach aspiring photographers worldwide.

His dedication to challenging the boundaries of creativity has resulted in commissions from clients including Nike, Samsung, Facebook, LG, Apple, and Google. Shainblum’s work has also been published widely by media outlets such as National Geographic, Wired Magazine, and The Weather Channel.

#QATARUSA2021

A previously featured Jedariart muralist, Fatima Al-Sharshani, is an accomplished calligraphy artist whose work celebrates the Arabic language. Watch as we have the chance to follow her around her studio and take a look at her techniques when writing.

#YearsofCulture #Qatar #USA #Calligraphy #QatarArtists

A previously featured Jedariart muralist, Fatima Al-Sharshani, is an accomplished calligraphy artist whose work celebrates the Arabic language. Watch as we have the chance to follow her around her studio and take a look at her techniques when writing.

#YearsofCulture #Qatar #USA #Calligraphy #QatarArtists
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Years of Culture had the opportunity to follow fashion designer, Noor Bchara, during her visit to Qatar in November. With her primary focus on sustainable fashion, Noor led various workshops and lectures with students at VCU who were interested in upcycling fashion. 

#YearofCulture #Upcycling #Fashion #SeeMyCulture #United Cultures

Years of Culture had the opportunity to follow fashion designer, Noor Bchara, during her visit to Qatar in November. With her primary focus on sustainable fashion, Noor led various workshops and lectures with students at VCU who were interested in upcycling fashion.

#YearofCulture #Upcycling #Fashion #SeeMyCulture #United Cultures
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The Heya Arabian Fashion Show  provides a collaborative environment where up-and-coming local and international designers, female entrepreneurs, and fashion enthusiasts can come together to showcase, inspire and motivate everyone in the industry and beyond.

Noor Bchara, a New York-based designer who is focused on upcycling and sustainable fashion, was invited to visit Doha in October of this year to share her design philosophy and techniques with students at VCU. 

Her brand,  NOORISM, is a Brooklyn based women’s wear brand that produces clothing and accessories using repurposed jeans, all made in New York. She is a former Venture Fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator, a @prattinstitute initiative as well as an adjunct professor at @fitnyc .

She is a frequent guest lecturer at fashion industry events as well as at major art and fashion colleges around the world. Her mission is to inspire and educate people on upcycling and repurposed design and how to do it on a bigger scale. She even began the @upcycledesignschool where she offers on-demand video classes specializing in the scalability of upcycling and repurposing.

@noorismnyc
@upcycledesignschool

#QatarUSA2021 #QatarDesign #QatarFashion #Sustainability #Upcycle #FashionandDesign #sustainablefashionbrand

The Heya Arabian Fashion Show provides a collaborative environment where up-and-coming local and international designers, female entrepreneurs, and fashion enthusiasts can come together to showcase, inspire and motivate everyone in the industry and beyond.

Noor Bchara, a New York-based designer who is focused on upcycling and sustainable fashion, was invited to visit Doha in October of this year to share her design philosophy and techniques with students at VCU.

Her brand, NOORISM, is a Brooklyn based women’s wear brand that produces clothing and accessories using repurposed jeans, all made in New York. She is a former Venture Fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator, a @prattinstitute initiative as well as an adjunct professor at @fitnyc .

She is a frequent guest lecturer at fashion industry events as well as at major art and fashion colleges around the world. Her mission is to inspire and educate people on upcycling and repurposed design and how to do it on a bigger scale. She even began the @upcycledesignschool where she offers on-demand video classes specializing in the scalability of upcycling and repurposing.

@noorismnyc
@upcycledesignschool

#QatarUSA2021 #QatarDesign #QatarFashion #Sustainability #Upcycle #FashionandDesign #sustainablefashionbrand
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The Exhibition display “Tradition, Heritage and Lifestyle” celebrates Qatar-USA Year of Culture 2021 at @fbqmuseum Lab.

Iconic items selected from Qatar and the USA witness the blend of cultures through fashion, accessories, and leisure equipment. Besides dresses and ornaments from FBQ Collections and Istituto di Moda Burgo in Qatar, musical instruments represent a common thread in heritage and lifestyle.
 
December 3 and 4, 2021
Location: FBQ Museum, Al-Shahaniya
Open to the public - Free entry 
Age group: 16 years and above
Pre-registration required!

@fbqmuseum 
@aries.qatar
@Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar 
 
#fbqmuseum #ARIESqatar  #QatarUSA #YOC2021 #dohaqatar #visual display #techniques #artculture #dohaqatar #qatarmuseums #Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar #usaembassy

The Exhibition display “Tradition, Heritage and Lifestyle” celebrates Qatar-USA Year of Culture 2021 at @fbqmuseum Lab.

Iconic items selected from Qatar and the USA witness the blend of cultures through fashion, accessories, and leisure equipment. Besides dresses and ornaments from FBQ Collections and Istituto di Moda Burgo in Qatar, musical instruments represent a common thread in heritage and lifestyle.

December 3 and 4, 2021
Location: FBQ Museum, Al-Shahaniya
Open to the public - Free entry
Age group: 16 years and above
Pre-registration required!

@fbqmuseum
@aries.qatar
@Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar

#fbqmuseum #ARIESqatar #QatarUSA #YOC2021 #dohaqatar #visual display #techniques #artculture #dohaqatar #qatarmuseums #Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar #usaembassy
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Are you interested in cultures blending? Join us on December 3rd at FBQ Museum to cherish the Year of Culture Qatar-USA 2021 with the workshop “DDD - Dye Dive Design”.
You will experiment with Tie-Dye, the American most popular fashion technique from the 1960s, and learn pearl decorating as in Qatar’s heyday of pearl trading.
 
December 3, 2021
Location: FBQ Museum, Al-Shahaniya
Open to the public - Free entry 
Age group: 16 years and above
Pre-registration required!

@fbqmuseum 
@aries.qatar
@Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar 
 
#fbqmuseum #ARIESqatar #QatarUSA #YOC2021 #dohaqatar #workshop #techniques #artculture #dohaqatar #qatarmuseums #Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar #usaembassy

Are you interested in cultures blending? Join us on December 3rd at FBQ Museum to cherish the Year of Culture Qatar-USA 2021 with the workshop “DDD - Dye Dive Design”.
You will experiment with Tie-Dye, the American most popular fashion technique from the 1960s, and learn pearl decorating as in Qatar’s heyday of pearl trading.

December 3, 2021
Location: FBQ Museum, Al-Shahaniya
Open to the public - Free entry
Age group: 16 years and above
Pre-registration required!

@fbqmuseum
@aries.qatar
@Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar

#fbqmuseum #ARIESqatar #QatarUSA #YOC2021 #dohaqatar #workshop #techniques #artculture #dohaqatar #qatarmuseums #Istitutodimodaburgo_qatar #usaembassy
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Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES presents nearly 32,000 square feet of new immersive site-specific art installations, interactives, working experiments, inventions, speculative designs, and “artifacts of the future,” as well as historic objects and discoveries from 23 of the Smithsonian’s museums, major initiatives, and research centers. Of the nearly 150 objects on view, several are making their public debut: an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven rover from Alphabet’s X that could transform agriculture; a Planetary Society space sail for deep space travel; a Loon internet balloon; the first full-scale Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome built in North America; the world’s first controlled thermonuclear fusion device; and more.

#QatarUSA2021 #TheFutures #Smithsonian 

@SmithsonianAIB

Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES presents nearly 32,000 square feet of new immersive site-specific art installations, interactives, working experiments, inventions, speculative designs, and “artifacts of the future,” as well as historic objects and discoveries from 23 of the Smithsonian’s museums, major initiatives, and research centers. Of the nearly 150 objects on view, several are making their public debut: an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven rover from Alphabet’s X that could transform agriculture; a Planetary Society space sail for deep space travel; a Loon internet balloon; the first full-scale Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome built in North America; the world’s first controlled thermonuclear fusion device; and more.

#QatarUSA2021 #TheFutures #Smithsonian

@SmithsonianAIB
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