Soraya Abbar

Coming from a video and conceptual background, the portfolio shows a predominant category in film making and experimentation with video. The progress with video and film projects gave the portfolio versatility and an adaptive edge in terms of how ideas could be used. This allowed achievements and acceptances into various exhibitions, international film festivals, events, press, global companies, agencies and brands.

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Title: “Absence” 2012 

Video Installation/ Photographic sequence

Artist/Director: Soraya Abbar

Photographer/ DOP: Abdullah Abbar

Projection Manager: Willoughby Cunningham

Video installation: Looped video, 2 minutes, 37 seconds duration

Photography: Please go to photography section to view the sequences presented. 

 About “Absence”:

The piece explores darkness, and water themes. Bodies submerged underwater whilst appearing in and out of darkness from various directions.

The video installation uses two projectors. The first projection shows 4 portraits of the four characters, two men and two women. They occasionally appear, seeming asleep whilst slowly moving. As they leave the portrait area, they then appear on the second projection.  At times seen all together, and at other times alone.

As the characters move from one projection to the other, the space becomes virtual, and allows the appearance of an in-time movement from them. In some actions of the character’s a sense of violence is witnessed. However, due to the slow pace, and silence of the piece, the appearance of these behaviors seem hidden under sensual movements and passing.

The photographic sequences also capture the moments within the initial concept of the installation.


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