Art Agenda: 1-15 June

Ahram Online, Monday 2 Jun 2014

This June promises a variety of exciting visual art shows across Cairo to round out the art season

Artwork by Ala Younis. (Photo: courtesy of Gypsum Gallery)

The Surface of Spectral Scattering: Magdi Mostafa at Townhouse Gallery


In The Surface of Spectral Scattering, Magdi Mostafa creates a site-specific, 600 square meter multi-channel sound and light installation at the Townhouse Factory Space. "The installation translates the city of Cairo into a high-energy discharge system with boundaries dictated by a poetic physics of transmission, where human actors play the role of inert conduits charged by abstract, external forces of zeal and fury," according to the curatorial statement.


Exhibition runs until 25 June.
10 Nabrawy Street, off Champolion Street, Downtown Cairo.


The Surface of Spectral Scattering installation by Magdi Mostafa. (Photo: Sara Elkamel)

Arts-Mart’s one-day art exhibition


The online trading platform and gallery Arts-Mart is organising a one-day art exhibition at the Four Seasons Hotel (Nile Plaza) on 10 June, where works by more than 30 artists will be showcased. The exhibition is set to feature work by some of Egypt's most prominent contemporary artists, including Omar El-Nagdi, Mohamed Abla and Samir Fouad as well as a number of promising emerging artists, including Lina Mowafy, Tasneem El-Meshad, Aya El-Fallah, Miriam Hathout, among others.


The exhibition runs from 12pm to 10pm, on 10 June.
1089 Corniche Al-Nil, Garden City, Cairo


Crowded by Miriam Hathout. (Photo: courtesy of Arts-Mart)


UAR: Ala Younis at Gypsum Gallery


Amman-based visual artist Ala Younis comes to Cairo with this new solo show at Gypsum Gallery, UAR. The show features Younis' research-based project rooted in a photograph of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser looking over a crowd at the signing of the sovereign union agreement between Egypt and Syria in 1958. The artist looks at the discourse and narrative that made Nasser such an historical figure. The project is the last in a trilogy of work on Arab nationalism. "It is an exploration of individuals’ complicated relationship to Gamal Abdel-Nasser as the hero and the anti-hero, to his promises and his failures. The trilogy delves into Egyptian modernism and the appropriation of symbols from a glorious past and the rhetoric of science, progress and industrialisation," according to the curatorial statement.


The exhibition runs until 10 June.
5A Bahgat Ali Street, Zamalek, Cairo




Nirvana: Mohamed El-Ganouby at Mashrabia Gallery


Contemporary artist Mohamed El-Ganouby presents Nirvana this May at Mashrabia Gallery. The artist had been absent from Cairo's art scene for the past five years, during which he was living in the United States, but here he returns with an exhibition that promises to present an "immersive and hypnotic" experience, according to the curatorial statement. "Like having come out of long meditation, or an ecstatic state, reality is shredded into pieces and reassembled following rhythmical references," reads the statement.


The exhibition runs until 12 June.
8, Champollion St., Downtown, Cairo


Artwork by Mohamed Elganouby. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)


1971, Sun Ra in Egypt: Solo show by Tom Bogaert


This month, Medrar for Contemporary Art presents a multi-part show by Tom Bogaert, entitled 1971, Sun Ra in Egypt. The ongoing research project deals with the life and career of American jazz pioneer, poet and philosopher Sun Ra (1914-1992), who paid a visit to Egypt in 1971. Bogaert's show will feature a series of performances, lectures, installations, videos, art objects and a related publication.


The exhibition runs until 13 June.
7 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahasen Street, Garden City, Cairo


Sputnik Power, 2014 (Photo: Nathalie Rebholz, courtesy of Medrar)


White, Black, and Colours: Omar Fayoumi at Falak


One of Cairo's youngest cultural spaces, Falak, hosts an Egyptian by contemporary Egyptian artist Omar Fayoumi this month. Titled White, Black, and Colours, the show includes 25 works by the artist. Fayoumi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 1981. He went on to study murals at the Academy of Fine Art (RIPEN) in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


Exhibition runs until 15 June.
7 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahasen Street, Garden City, Cairo


Artwork by Omar Fayoumi (Photo: courtesy of Falak)

A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost: collective show at Beirut, CIC, and Townhouse


A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost is a year-long visual arts project that brings 30 artworks from the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, San Francisco) to Egypt. Described by Beirut as a "temporary guest to the city," this miniature collection will appear in various shows and events across Cairo. An exhibition spread out across three venues – the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Townhouse and Beirut – will kick off the project on 6-7 May, featuring works by artists with international acclaim, some of them making their Egyptian debut.


Exhibition opened on 6 May at Beirut and 7 May at the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) and Townhouse Gallery, and runs until 18 June
11 Road 12, Mahmoud Sedky, off Shaheen Street, Agouza, Cairo


Melvin Moti, The Prisoner’s Cinema, 2008, 35mm film, color optical sound, 22 minutes / 900 meters. (Photo: courtesy of Beirut)

Sweet Dreams: Amre Heiba at GIZ


In this exhibition at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH office in Zamalek, oil paintings emanating from different stages of Amre Heiba's career will be displayed all summer. In this collection, the themes that typically characterise Amre Heiba will reappear, including childhood, solitude and romance.


The exhibition runs until 31 August 2014
4D, El-Gezira Street, 11211 Zamalek, Cairo Egypt


Artwork by Amre Heiba. (Photo: courtest of Mashrabia Gallery)


Contemporary Views VI at Al-Masar Gallery


Al-Masar Gallery celebrates its sixth anniversary this year with a selection of work by some of Egypt's most prominent visual artists: Hussein Youssef Amin, Tahia Halim, Mounir Canaan, Samir Rafi, Taha Hussein, Omar El-Nagdy, Gorges Bahgory, Mohammad Sabry and Hazem Taha Hussein. The show will run through the summer.


Exhibition runs until 18 September.
26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo


Artwork by Mounir Canaan. (Photo: courtesy of Al Masar Gallery)

Il Corpus Homanus II: Collective show at The Art Lounge


Al-Masar Gallery's sister art space, The Art Lounge, will showcase paintings and sculptures by a small group of contemporary artists: Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Sami Aboul Azm, Esam Darwish and Kareem Al Qurity. Complementing the show at Al-Masar, the exhibition will present the current generation of visual artists and runs all summer.


Exhibition runs until 18 September.
26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo


Artwork by Kareem Al-Qurity. (Photo: courtesy of Art Lounge)


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