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Egyptian artists Mahmoud Khaled and Heba Y. Amin selected for 15th Istanbul Biennal

This year's biennial runs from 16 September to 12 November

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Jul 2017
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Images from Still life (Notes on justice)1 by Mahmoud Khaled (left), and Walking a Watermelon in Cairo by Heba Y. Amin (right)
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Two Egyptian artists, Mahmoud Khaled and Heba Y. Amin, will be among those participating in this year’s Istanbul Biennial.

Fifty-five artists from 32 countries were selected for the fifteenth biennial, titled A Good Neighbour, which explores themes of home, belonging and neighbourhood.

It is curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, and runs from 16 September to 12 November.

Khaled is the only artist who will display his work at Ark Kültür, one of the biennial’s six venues.

Khaled was born in Alexandria and now lives in Trondheim, Norway.

He was awarded the Videobrasil In Context prize in 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Abraaj Art Prize.

His work merges his formal training as a painter with a contemporary approach.

Through his multimedia works, which include photography, video, sculpture, sound and text, he “traces the boundaries between what is real and what is hidden, disguised or staged,” according to his website.

He works on appropriating “forms that have been displaced from their original context, thereby proposing alternative meanings.”

In Egypt Khaled has exhibited his work at Townhouse and at Gypsum Gallery.

He has also widely exhibited internationally, including at Manifesta 8 (Murcia), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam – SMBA (Amsterdam), Bonner Kunstverein (Bonn), UKS (Oslo), Sultan Gallery (Kuwait) and Whitechapel Gallery (London).

He is represented in Cairo by Gypsum.

Amin is a visual artist, researcher and educator.

Born in Cairo, she is now based in Berlin, where she teaches at the Bard College.

She is the co-founder of the Black Athena Collective, the curator of visual art for the MIZNA journal (US), and curator for the biennial residency program DEFAULT with Ramdom Association (IT).

Amin’s work is “embedded in extensive research and a studio practice that looks at the convergence of politics, technology, and architecture,” according to her website.

A multimedia artist, she is “interested in tactics of subversion and other techniques used to undermine systems as well as topics surrounding critical spatial practice.”

Last year she directed the workshop “Urban Poises” in Cairo, as part of the AUC_Lab series; she also headed another workshop titled “When My Future is Silent” held at Darb 1718.

Internationally her work was exhibited most recently at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Kalmar Art Museum Sweden, La Villette Paris, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Camera Austria and Berlin Berlinale 9th Forum Expanded Exhibition.

Amin has also authored 10 publications, starting with Fragmented City: Visualizing the City/Psyche Relationship of Cairo in 2009, and most recently Towards a Spatial Imaginary: Walking Cabbages and Watermelons in 2016.

She is represented by Zilberman Gallery in Istanbul and Berlin.

Her work will be displayed at the Galata Greek Primary School at the Istanbul Biennial.

The biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and is sponsored by Koç Holding.

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