On Sight: Beyoncé’s Tour Photographer Yosra El-Essawy Unveils ‘Eye. Soul’ Exhibit In London
October 2, 2014 - 4:37 pm
During her international coverage of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Yosra was diagnosed with stage-four, inoperable esophageal cancer, just before her 32nd birthday. Using Instagram as a platform, she chronicled her experiences with chemotherapy, the subsequent loss of her hair and her bucket list experiences through artistic visuals and uplifting captions.
Like her online collection, her London exhibit is a testament to her bravery and positive spirit. She recalled of a zip-lining trip in Europe in one photo, “today I don’t have cancer, I’m not afraid of heights. I’m not tired and my body doesn’t ache. Today I’m living for the moment, confronting my fears, accepting that I am where I am meant to be and learning to live and love it. Today I feel free.”
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Yosra's work is a no judgment zone. Meshing photography, drawings and mixed media with subtle contrasts in light, she exposes the beauty in flawed reality of her subjects. While you'll only find the Beyhive's leader in two photos, there's an empowering spirit about the gallery that Bey can get hip to. Especially with Yosra's amusing quips on tackling chemo with her “superbro” by her side and her experimental hair journey pictures.
Taking inspiration from the meaning of her name (Yosra translates as “with hardship comes ease”), the exhibition finishes on one last positive note: “life brings with it hardship but amidst that hardship is ease, if you choose to see it.”—Megan Saad
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