Hamid Al-Ali, a United Arab Emirate artist, says arts and cultural exchange programmes can help harness the foreign policy of nations.
Al-Ali said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Lagos.
According to him, the creation of art through photography exhibitions, strengthen the relationship between countries.
Photography, for Al-Ali, is the ability to freeze a moment in time and preserve it forever while sharing it with others, making it more valuable.
NAN reports that Al-Ali, who is in Nigeria for the art exhibition, has travelled to about 77 countries, including Nigeria, in search of natural beauty.
He said that travelling and visiting other countries could open the horizons to the acceptance of other races and cultures.
“In my country, this year for us is that of forgiveness and tolerance.
“This means the acceptance of others, regardless of their nationality, religion, gender or race.
“One of my works, which portrays acceptance, was done during my trip to Kenya.
“A lady that speaks a different language accepted that I take pictures of her and that is tolerance to me,’’ he said.
He added that people must learn to always look at the positive side of life because of its many benefits.
“In every country, there is the good and the bad but it’s up to us to select what we want to portray.
“Relationships last longer when we look at the positive side of things,’’ Al-Ali said.
Edited by: Abdulfatah Babatunde