Emy Kat

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Emy Kat
Born (1959-08-17) August 17, 1959 (age 58)
Occupation Artist Photographer
Spouse(s) Natalya Kasyanova
Children Kanaan and Asmani
Website www.emykat.com

Emy Kat is a researcher, visual artist and photographer working in contemporary art and fine art photography

Career and life[edit]

Emy Kat was born in 1959, of a Middle Eastern descent.

From The project The Everlasting Now (2012 - 2015) Philby No 1 - 2015 - Lambda Print - 90x67 cm - Ed of 6. A narrow view of the outside of a room of a delapidated house, viewing an armchair within the room. Associated with Harry St John Bridger Philby - British Museum 2017

He is contemporary photographer whose large body of work has been built over several decades. Developing a love for the medium at an early age, he started photography when his father gave him his first camera at age 12. He went on to refine his craft in USA and received a graduate degree in 1997 from the Brooks Institute of photography[1] in Santa Barbara, California, (USA) with exceptional academic achievements and honors along with awards in Advertising and Creative Excellence.[2]

Kat began his career in fashion photography, portraits, commercial advertising and has shifted in 2009 to Contemporary Art and Fine-art photography.

A Researcher and a photographer, Kat is best known for his explorations of culture and heritage as well as landscape and spiritual transformations.

In 2013, the artist has introduced a new technique in contemporary Art classified as a Post medium condition, It is a type of “digital Collage” Kat calls it "Mental Spaces", The art work deals with capturing a given space and connects several images taken from various angles to create one image, offering the viewer a chance to experience a given space from multiple angles in one gaze. "This technique allows me to cover several dimensions of a space and to effectively sum up all the facts into a single visual. A sample of "Mental Spaces" by Emy Kat titled "Indoors" 2013 [3][4]

His work is included in a number of prominent private and public collections. His iconographic studies on the subject “Femme” describing her superiorities (Nude studies on Platinum) is a Permanent collection at BNF Bibliothèque nationale de France [2000]. The collection is under Reference number Ep-4001-Boîte pet. fol.(Collection Publiques).[5][6]. His work from the project "The Everlasting Now" has been acquired by the British Museum [2017].[7][8]

The artist has participated in a number of local and international shows including Jeddah Arts 21,39 inaugural exhibition Moallaqat [2014][9], Art Dubai [2014][10][11] and Paris Photo [2014][12].

The artist has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai and is currently based in Paris where his studio is located.

Film vs digital[edit]

Although the artist majored in digital imaging, Emy Kat chose to work and mostly use photographic film. This is due to limitations in digital photography. In 2008, he started using a high end digital camera back system by LEAF. However, most of his fine art work, Kat continues to use photographic film with large format view camera and medium format (film) camera.

Notable artwork[edit]

Ames Dans Les Rues No 12.
  • Nude studies of women on platinum (Etudes Nus femme) Archived and collected by the BNF Bibliothèque nationale de France (2000). Reference number Ep-4001-Boîte pet. fol.(Collection Publiques) [13][14]
  • La Pass Murraille - series of 5 images - edition 3 - (1999)
  • Souls on the streets (Ames Dans les Rues) - (2009) [15]
  • The Everlasting Now - (2012-2013) solo exhibition, Athr Gallery [2014] [16] 21,39 Moallaqat Exhibition 1st edition [2013] [17] Art Dubai [2014] [18][19] Solo Exhibition, Bin Mattar House [2014] [20] Paris Photo [2014] [21][22] 1er Biennale des photographes du mond Arabe - Institute du Mond Arabe - Paris [2015] [23][24]

Book contributions[edit]

Kat's photographs have been included in several books published by Graphis Inc..


  1. ^ "Academic and Career References - PDF". Emykat.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Academic and Career References - PDF". Emykat.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140426214928/http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140419202385
  4. ^ "The Everlasting Now - Emy Kat Solo Exhibition". Athrart.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  5. ^ http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb40470199s
  6. ^ http://www.emykat.com/art/Reference_2_3.html
  7. ^ https://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/Middle_East_photography_acquisition_press_release_FINAL.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3805133&partId=1&searchText=emy+kat&page=1
  9. ^ https://www.athrart.com/exhibition/78/#!2117
  10. ^ https://www.athrart.com/exhibition/77/#!2088
  11. ^ http://www.artdubai.ae/gallery/athr-2/
  12. ^ https://www.athrart.com/exhibition/97/#!2478
  13. ^ http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb40470199s
  14. ^ http://www.emykat.com/art/Reference_2_3.html
  15. ^ "The Contemporary Orientalism" (PDF). Operagallery.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Everlasting Now - Emy Kat Solo Exhibition". Athart.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Moallaqat Exhibition". Athart.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  18. ^ http://artdubai.ae/galleries/contemporary/2014/Athr-Gallery
  19. ^ http://www.athrart.com/exhibition/77/exhibition_works/list/
  20. ^ "Upcoming Events - The Everlasting Now - Shaikh Ebrahim Center". Shaikhebrahimcenter.org. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Emy Kat - Paris Photo Grand Palais". Parisphoto.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Athr Gallery at Paris Photo". Athart.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  23. ^ http://biennalephotomondearabe.com/artiste/emy-kat/
  24. ^ https://www.imarabe.org/en/expositions/premiere-biennale-des-photographes-du-monde-arabe-contemporain