Art Alert: Mohamed Abla's Tales for Reem marks Mashrabia’s 25th anniversary

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Jun 2015

Prolific artist Mohamed Abla opened an exhibit with his latest mono-print works at Mashrabia Gallery, which celebrates its 25th anniversary

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Tales for Reem installation by Mohamed Abla at Mashrabia (Photo: Soha Elsirgany)

In a different direction to what his audience is used to, Abla steers away from his traditional painting techniques inspired by reality, and presents a collection of fantasy stencil and collage-based mono-prints.

According to the exhibit’s statement “The work is a visual narration of myths and fables moving between reality and fantasy.”

Titled Tales for Reem, the playful silhouettes evoke loose storylines, where the characters from one piece interact and re-meet in another piece.

The artist started the series as playful stories for children, which later developed to become rich storylines for all ages.

True to himself, most of Abla’s mono-prints are layered with colour, with some works in black, resembling intricate fer forge, standing in contrast.

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Mohamed Abla's Tales for Reem at Mashrabia (Photo: Soha Elsirgany)

Tales for Reem
Artwork from Mohamed Abla's Tales for Reem (Photo: Soha Elsirgany)


The exhibit opened on 3 June and will run until 2 July.
Mashrabia Gallery, 8 Champollion street, Downtown, Cairo

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