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Art Alert: From Russian classics illustrations to an exhibition hall in Cairo

The exhibition draws on the illustrations of the Russian literary classics

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jan 2016
Lena Ashraf work
Lena Ashraf art piece (Photo: Russian Cultural Center)
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Artist Lena Ashraf will hold a four-day solo painting exhibition titled Russian Classics that draw illustrations by Ashraf from the works of classical Russian literature.

The exhibition will be hosted in the Russian Culture Center in Cairo. 

Ashraf is based in Moscow, where she was born to Egyptian parents, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in art. She then pursued cinema art at Moscow’s High institute for Cinema.

Ashraf, who is also a photographer, worked as a set and costume designer in a number of student Russian film productions as well as professional films. As an artist, Ashraf participated in many exhibits in Russia, including the Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2011, with two projects, Gelatin and Balsam.

In 2014 she joined an exhibit in Paris titled La Folle Sagesse, centering on the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, and recently held a solo exhibition in Cairo at the Russian Cultural Institute.

In 2015 she had her week long solo painting exhibition titled El-Refai hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo. 

Programme:
Russian classics exhibition will run between 7 and 10 February
Russian Culture Center, 
127 Al Tahrir Street Al Dokki, Giza

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