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Remarks on Medan, Tahrir Version: Egyptian artist to hold solo exhibition at the London Art Fair

Open Gallery will be presenting Jasmina Metwaly’s video painting series during the London Art Fair

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jan 2016
Remarks on Medan, Tahrir Version
(Photo: fragment of artwork 'Remarks on Medan, Tahrir Version', from Open Gallery's Facebook page)
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Egyptian-Polish artist Jasmina Metwaly has been chosen by Open Gallery to present a solo exhibition during the upcoming London Art Fair, an event scheduled to take place between 20 and 24 January.

Metwaly’s video painting series Remarks on Medan (Tahrir Version), 2011, captures twelve scenes depicting the Egyptian revolution.

"Unlike sensationalised reportage from the time, Metwaly’s camera remains motionless as an impartial observer. Whilst changes unfold, her camera finds patterns and details otherwise concealed within the chaos," we read at the gallery's statement accompanying Metwaly's work.

The work is “observational yet not documentary. It shows the complexity of cultural change but avoids any simplistic narratives. Watching this series you know you are in a specific location with imbued meaning,” reads the statement.

Born in Poland and currently based in Egypt, Metwaly completed an MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan in 2006 and a postgraduate diploma at the Byam Shaw School of Art at Central St Martins in London.

Metwaly was the winner of The Open Prize 2010, Open Gallery’s award to artists creating video paintings, for her work Crucifiction.

She has exhibited her work internationally at venues including the Deutsche Pavilion, the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2010); Maktab, Cairo (2010); the BWA Wroclaw, the 9th Goeppert Contest for Polish painters, Wroclaw (2009); the Islington Arts Factory, London (2009); Lauderdale House, London (2009); and the X-Ray Gallery, Lubon, Poland (2008).

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