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Egyptian Marwa Adel among artists tackling gender-based violence in USA exhibition

Marwa Adel uses photography and graphic design to tackle controversial issues in contemporary Egyptian society

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Jan 2016
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rtwork by Marwa Adel exhibited at Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo
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Award-winning Egyptian artist Marwa Adel is participation in an international exhibition hosted by David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, Indiana, USA entitled "1 in 3: What Does It Take for You To Be Outraged?"

The global art exhibition's title is derived from the disturbing statistic that more than one in three women around the world are beaten and sexually abused during their lifetimes.

The exhibition will run through May 8, and will display nearly 80 photographs, paintings, sculptures, and videos created by 20 emerging artists who confront the ongoing issue of gender-based violence.

Marwa Adel will also visit Ball State from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia to explain her work, discuss her background, and meet campus and community members on 22 March 2016.

Born in 1984 in Cairo, Adel uses photography and graphic design to tackle controversial issues in contemporary Egyptian society, such as gender issues, questions of identity, and the taboo of the female figure. Her work has a strong autobiographical subtext; she uses art as an outlet for her frustrations at living in a society that suppresses women’s freedom.

Adel's photographs of nude women, adorned with computer graphics images, reflect the universal struggle of women faced with gender stereotypes everyday across the globe. Her conceptual photographs possess both aesthetic and conceptual value, urging women to break free from the path laid down for them by a rigid society.

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