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But A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise: Egyptian artists at the Guggenheim

The exhibition, entitled But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, opened in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City last week and will run until 5 October

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 May 2016
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Hassan Khan: Bank Bannister [L] and Iman Issa: Heritage Studies no. 10 [R]. Part of a group exhibition titled But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Guggenheim Museum, New Yorl. (Photos: courtesy of Guggenheim Museum)
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An exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York City, which opened on 29 April and will run until 5 October, features 18 works by artists showcasing "a wide range of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving [Middle Eastern] region through installation, photography, sculpture, video, and work on paper."

"Interwoven with questions and ideas about the region’s colonial histories, the exhibition investigates such themes as architecture and geometry, modernism and migration, and the process of unearthing hidden ideas," the official press release reads.

Egypt is represented in the exhibition by Hassan Khan. Born in 1975, Khan is one of the most prominent Egyptian artists of his generation, having been featured in scores of national and international exhibitions. Khan’s diverse oeuvre features performance and site-specific projects, sculptures, photographs, video, and writings. In Guggenhein, Khan displays an installation titled Bank Bannister (Banque Bannister), 2010, represented by a brass rail.

Also on display in the Guggenheim will be work by New York-based Egyptian Iman Issa (b. 1979). Issa's installation made of copper, aluminum, and vinyl is titled Heritage Studies no. 10 (2015).

Other artists include: Ahmed Mater (b. 1979, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Zineb Sedira (b. 1963, Paris; lives and works in London), Ala Younis (b. 1974, Kuwait; lives and works in Amman, Jordan), Susan Hefuna (b. 1962, Berlin; lives and works in Düsseldorf), among others.

In their oeuvre, the artists challenge existing representations of the Middle East and North Africa, touch on the urgent subject of the migration of people and ideas, present the hybridized view of past and present and give a glimpse into the formation of modernism in the region.

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