Fables and Faded Flags.

Chapter 1. Arabia

Ana Nance has been traveling for 30 years and has nearly photographed 80 countries as a professional photographer. Edited out of her extensive archive is a personal project made up of unseen and intimate photographs to these countries and places. They are a non judgmental close-up view into other cultures intended to reveal complex, new and rich realities.

The selection of photographs presented here is from the Arabic countries of, The Republic of Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco and Algeria taken from 2012 to 2021. The objective is to break stereotypes that are often placed on these parts of the world by leaving behind current issues and not exhausting the emersion into the different social realities of these countries but instead embracing their affirmative rich cultures on all levels. This is achieved through fragments, details in architecture, landscape, and objects in daily life, the common things that sometimes can escape our view. In each photograph, Ana Nance constructs a stage with a fable or allegory that force us to look at each place in a different way.

The color photographs in this collection are evidences of a world in transformation where the present and past, the urban and rural come together and are more present than people. Ana Nance constructs a unique personal poetic photographic language in a narrative stamped by repetitive subjects and syllables that underline a great body of work based on her notes and visual diaries. There is a certain painterly resonance that touch us with the feeling that she paints in pictures celebrating life and beauty that invite us to contemplate our options.

Oliva María Rubio
Curator of exhibition at Casa Árabe February 3, 2022



Editorial Visión Colateral. Ana Nance. El País Semanal