[The text was originally written for Hemsat, debut solo in Dubai at Lawrie Shabibi gallery from Jan 14th to Feb 20th, 2019] A conversation with Fathi Hassan is like a journey. A journey through memories, stories and dreams. But also through the desert, its tiny villages, the sound of the palm leaves and Nubian traditions. … Continue reading Hemsat: chatting with Fathi Hassan
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[The text was written for the debut solo exhibition at Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy, from Dec 1st, 2018 to Jan 19th, 2019] Displaying the result of a two-year long self-exploration and internalised dialogue, the artist takes a view on the urgent debate about masculinity and its implications, at a time when this has … Continue reading Ibrahim Ahmed: Burn What Needs To Be Burned
What Are The Things That Last? Everything has a code. Most people deal with these objects using the same code or approach. A few [people] approach it differently and create hybrid objects that seem illogical in order to solve a problem, to perform a function. Ahmed Badry, 2015 The work of Ahmed Badry (b. 1979, Cairo) concerns the relationship … Continue reading Ahmed Badry: a Journey Through Objects, Transformations and Language
Shift, part of Shubbak Festival 2017, brought together the work of three young female artists from Saudi Arabia, at their debut in the UK. Showcased at the premises of The Mosaic Rooms, the exhibition was a unique opportunity to grasp the vitality and the engagement of the emerging contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia. In … Continue reading Shift, a window on contemporary Saudi Art – Shubbak Festival 2017, London
Ali Abdel Mohsen è decisamente un artista poco convenzionale. Nato al Cairo nel 1984, ha trascorso l’infanzia viaggiando e dopo un periodo nella odiata New York si è stabilito nella città delle piramidi e dei minareti. Personalità schiva e distaccata, Ali non ama quell’esibizionismo che sembra essere necessario nella società contemporanea (e soprattutto nell’arte) per … Continue reading Ali Abdel Mohsen: un incubo chiamato realtà
New technologies and social network extensively impact our lives. Without realizing it, we spend hours looking at – sometimes admiring, other people live through their posts on Facebook and Twitter. Photoshop and Instagram provide the best version of ourselves on millions of screens. But what kind of lives are we actually witnessing? Are these relationships … Continue reading Bulldozing the world: on Hany Rashed’s exhibition
Born to Egyptian parents living in Kuwait, Ibrahim spent his childhood between Bahrain and Egypt before moving to the US at the age of thirteen. Not tied to a specific geographical place and national identity, Ahmed moves within a different realm of ‘belonging’, more composite than the usual rigid societal categorization. The body of … Continue reading Hybrid intersections: a conversation with Ibrahim Ahmed III