Art Alert: Ahmed Elshaer’s Hybrid Spaces at Cairo's Medrar

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jan 2018

The established artist explores the overlap between the virtual and the real world in his new exhibition Hybrid Spaces

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Hybrid Spaces, solo exhibit for artist Ahmed Elshaer (Photo: part of promotional material)

Cairo's Medrar For Contemporary Art is hosting artist Ahmed Elshaer’s solo exhibition of photography, video and game art titled Hybrid Spaces between 14 January and 1 February.

A multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on digital technologies, Elshaer’s video art projects combine Machinima computer graphics, stock footage, 3-D animation and experimental soundscapes.

In this exhibition, Elshaer explores spaces with characteristics from the virtual world and the real world.

He looks into how strategy video games allow us to explore foreign worlds as well as create new ones -- long after the declared end of the age of exploration.

Elshaer’s project was undertaken in France and Egypt. The artist found places in the real world that he felt reflected these hybrid spaces by having similar traits; the refugee Camp in Calais and the site of the Atlantic Wall in Dunkirk.

Born in 1981, Elshaer is an established artist whose work has been widely displayed at exhibitions and festivals.

His work has been shown at Art Game Demos at the Festival Nuage Numérique (2017), the In the Eye of the Thunderstorm collateral event at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Experiments in Arab Cinema at Simon Fraser University in Canada (2013), and the Bamako Biennale in Mali (2011), among others.

The Egyptian artist has participated in several residency programmes including Cité Internationale des Arts (France, 2016), the Pro Helvetia Artist-in-Residence cycle (Switzerland, 2009), the Summer Academy of Fine Arts (Austria, 2006 and 2007) and the Fulbright Grant for 2018-2019.

Sunday 14 January at 7pm and runs till 1 February.
Medrar for Contemporary Art, 7 Gamal El Din Abou El-Mahassen St., Garden City, Cairo.
Open daily from 3pm until 9pm, except Fridays

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