Questioning the state of the Arab world today, the chains of authorities, and the constant need for a seal of approval, two artists, Yasser Nabaiel and Weaam El-Masry, create a joint exhibit titled The Forbidden.
In five works, Nabaiel reflects on the suffocating confinement of society, expressed through androgynous figures, difficult roads, tied hands and legs, and concealed heads that don’t reveal identities.
El-Masry presents seven new works, inspired by literary texts of Tayeb Saleh and Khalil Gibran.
From Saleh’s book, Season of Migration to the North, El-Masry draws from the forbidden love scene, with her drawings questioning the power of love to free society’s chains, and the narrator’s important discovery of making a decision.
Nabaiel was born in Kafr El-Sheikh in 1970, and holds a BFA and an MFA in painting and drawing from the Helwan Fine Arts University in Cairo. He is currently based in Switzerland.
El-Masry is a painter who also works with photography, animation and installation, holding a PH.D in media art from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University.
The award-winning artist has exhibited locally and internationally in over 53 galleries, with her works acquired by fans for private collections in Egypt, Germany, USA and Spain.
The exhibit opens on Tuesday 5 May at 6 pm, and will run till 6 June.
Art Talks, 8 El-Kamel Mohamed street, Zamalek, Cairo