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Art Alert: Youssef Ragheb’s Full Fathom Five exhibiton at Cairo’s Soma Gallery

The exhibition includes text and images by Youssef Ragheb on the theme of death as transformation and metamorphosis

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Apr 2018
Full Fathom Five by Youssef Ragheb (Photo: part of promotional material)

Soma Gallery presents Full Fathom Five, an exhibition of text and images by Youssef Ragheb, opening on 17 April.

Full Fathom Five tackles the idea of death as transformation and metamorphosis, delving into the many philosophical interpretations of this notion. The title taken from the text of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest, appearing also in poems by other authors, such as Sylvia Plath.

“This is a metaphorical account of the transformation process in four stages: the battle for survival; dementia; death/transformation; and beyond,” the exhibition statement reads.

The narrative of the exhibition, told using text and images, "morphs both visually and contextually, according to the nature of the stage, from the physical to the metaphysical."

Born 1975, Youssef Ragheb holds a BA, MA and PhD from the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University. Since 1995, he has exhibited his works both in Egypt and abroad.

According to Soma Gallery’s biography of the artist, Ragheb’s work ranges from painting, sequential drawing and digital interactive installations. He is also a freelance illustrator and an art professor.

He teaches at the University of Helwan and the Soma Art School, as well as at the American University in Cairo, where he provides training in both analogue and digital art practices, including comics, painting and illustration.

Starting in 2003, he organized the first academic workshop for Experimental Comics and Sequential Art in Egypt, as part of the experimental art workshops at Helwan University's Faculty of Art Education in Cairo.

The exhibition opens on 17 April at 7pm and will run till 7 May
Soma Gallery, 3 Al Adel Abou Bakr Square, 3rd floor, app# 9, Zamalek, Cairo

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