Mario Testino to hold first Middle East exhibit in Dubai

The renowned photographer is bringing HEAT to Dubai’s cultural scene.

Neil Churchill February 7, 2016

To affirm its status as one of the world’s up-and-coming culture hubs, Dubai seems to have found a solid and simple strategy: bring the world’s best. 

There is currently an exhibition running with works by Picasso, Warhol and Hirst. There is another ongoing from the ‘Godfather of street art’. And now, there will be one from arguably the world’s most famous photographer. 

Mario Testino will exhibit in the Middle East for the first time later this month, with his solo show HEAT at Dubai Design District (d3) running from 25th February to 15th April. 

The renowned snapper, who has the industry’s most in demand models on speed dial, is being brought to the region as part of a collaboration between UAE-based Ginza Fashion and curators Simon and Michaela de Pury. 

Coined by the man himself, HEAT – a reference to Dubai – will consist of a variety of Testino's works that have previously been exhibited internationally, alongside more recent pieces. Some shots from his acclaimed Peru series, Alta Moda, will also be on show as a tribute to his roots and home country. 

Speaking about the exhibition, Testino said: “I am so excited that my work will be exhibited in the Middle East, in Dubai, for the first time. My endless curiosity has contributed to the diversity of my work, and this curiosity extends to the different cultures, people and places I have explored throughout my career.   

“Looking at this exhibition I feel you see this and Dubai is a perfect place to present it with its constantly evolving creativity. I am eager to see and experience the impact that Dubai will make on my work.” 

Dubai has done some stellar work in recent years to bring the art world’s biggest names to its shores, emphasizing its ambition to grow the city’s cultural scene. But securing a solo show by Mario Testino might be its biggest statement yet. 

All images are copyright ©Mario Testino.