Jehan Sheikh gained a real appreciation for the beauty in all things at a very young age. His mother is an artist and throughout his youth he was always surrounded by different artists who practiced a wide variety of mediums. He picked up his first camera at the age of 18 and it was his uncle that taught him how to use it. He then moved to England where he met more photographers who were kind enough to put him under their wing and show him the ropes.
Growing up in Dubai, Jehan was fascinated by his environment. Not by the grand buildings and luxurious lifestyle – but by the clash between the rapidly growing city and the desert. His work provides a glimpse into what the future could look like if we don’t respect nature.
His body of work, ‘Future Ruin’ is a good representation of this notion and it was exhibited at Al Quoz Art Festival in Dubai in 2019. Identity is also a prominent theme in his work. Having a Pakistani father and a French mother was culturally enriching, but at the same time it has left him with a feeling of being on the fringes of both cultures. He uses his work to create a conversation and help represent people in-between cultures and identities.