The Stonebreakers Exhibition
Experimenting with various analogue cameras, film stocks and unconventional processing techniques, Ahmed’s large-scale prints and intimate polaroids zero in on the ships’ dismembered carcasses and capture minute details of the surrounding landscapes. In his moody images, the vessels appear as ghostly ruins and the site a picturesque nautical graveyard, much like the field of abandoned dhows near Warehouse421.
The exhibition takes its enigmatic title from a famous mid-19th-century painting by the French Realist Gustave Courbet, showing two male peasants breaking rocks. Courbet’s unflinching portrayals of the rural poor, which captured the impoverished conditions in which they lived and worked, inaugurated an important humanist tradition of social realist art.