February 5 – March 1, 2019
New Waves in Contemporary Egyptian Art
AHMED ELSHAER / ALI ABDEL MOHSEN / AHMED ASKALANY / HANY RASHED
In collaboration with Mashrabiya Gallery
“This exhibition embodies diverse personal and social views through various artistic approaches, each one challenging expectations. Bronze and other traditional materials are reinvented, and discarded materials such as cardboard are revived, to be juxtaposed to digital technologies. As a quasi-constant reference point stands the exposure to Western media and the alienation of the present Contemporary society. While Ahmed Elshaer produces figures from the popular and mass culture of the Arab world, Ali Abdel Mohsen harshly portrays landscapes of social and moral decay, Hani Rashed divests replicable subjects of any semblance of personality, and Ahmed Askalany humouristically overdraws the human features of anonymous characters. The digital prints, collages, and sculptures of this unconventional exhibition give shape to a small array of the artistic talent present in contemporary Egypt and dismantle standardised formulas of Egyptian contemporary art, offering a new perspective on the genre.”
About Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
Located in Downtown Cairo, Mashrabia Gallery is the oldest gallery of contemporary art in the city. Since 1990, the gallery has played a pioneering role in the diffusion of contemporary art in Egypt. Removed from dominant artistic traditions or commercial trends, the gallery has developed its own rigorous criteria for selecting artists and their works, preferring originality, the power of art pieces in themselves and the use of innovative languages that are free of decorative and academic components. MashrabiaGallery actively supports the idea that visual art has to be more accessible to a general audience. As such, the gallery has expanded beyond monthly exhibitions at its downtown art space by organising exhibitions at local institutes and curating a number of projects in public and historical places in Cairo. Among these initiatives are Noubar (NOmad Urban Breaking Art, 2005–2006), El Azhar Park Meets Contemporary Arts (2005, 2006), Invisible Presence (Looking at the Body in Contemporary Egyptian Art, 2009–2010) and the From Rags to Riches project (www.projectfrtr.com). It represents Egyptian prominent artists such as Adel El Siwi, Ahmed Askalany, Hani Rashed, Xavier Puigmarti, Ali Abdel Mohsen, Ahmed Sabry, Soad Abdel Rasoul, Salah el Mur, and QarmQart.