Manarat Al Saadiyat was the first building to be opened on Saadiyat Island and the first part of the jigsaw for the new Saadiyat Cultural District.
The art and culture centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat will host a photography exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop from 15th December 2020 to 31st May 2021, daily from 10 am to 8 pm, in partnership with the region’s leading cultural and lifestyle platform, Sole.
Showing outside of the United States for the first time, CONTACT HIGH will take visitors through four decades of photographs, albums, magazine covers and memorabilia that document hip-hop culture!
The exhibition will feature over 150 images by 60+ photographers including Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, Jorge Peniche, Joe Conzo, Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabazz, Danny Clinch, Brian “B+” Cross, Eric Coleman, Estevan Oriol, Jack McKain and Ravie B. These photographs truly captured a humorous side of Hip-Hop artists that is rarely seen by the public.
The images portray some of Hip-Hop’s biggest names, such as Kanye West, Cardi B, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, MF Doom, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and the legendary Notorious B.I.G.
The selection of the Middle East as the exhibition’s first international stop reflects the importance of hip-hop culture to those living in the UAE as well as the Arab world’s growing fan-base of the music and fashion.
Tickets for CONTACT HIGH are priced at AED 30 and will be available through Virgin Megastore Ticketing.
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