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Art Alert: Artist talk with Youssef Ragheb at Soma Gallery

Ragheb will discuss his current show 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which examines masculinity and social constructs

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 May 2019
Youssef Ragheb
Smells Like Teen Spirit, exhibition by Youssef Ragheb (Photo: part of promotional material)

Youssef Ragheb will hold on 11 May an artist talk at Soma Gallery where he will discuss his current exhibition there.

Ragheb's solo show 'Smells like Teen Spirit' is a body of work that includes comic art, drawings, and paper cutouts.

In it he examines the social constructs of masculinity in a society, drawing links between a Freudian view of puberty and a male-dominated dystopia, while presenting a comic commentary.

His imagery reflects the mentality of several generations; an obsession with guns, sex, drugs, aliens, particle colliders and ideals, to imperialist notions, hydrogen bombs, space races and world domination.

Through pop culture references, Ragheb critiques the testosterone-driven systems of the world, and envisions the dystopia in which they collapse in on themselves.

Born 1975, Ragheb holds a BA, MA and PhD from the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University.

His work ranges from painting, drawing and digital interactive installations. Since 1995, he has exhibited his works both in Egypt and abroad.

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.

Saturday, 11 May, from 8.30pm till 9.30pm.
SOMA Art School & Gallery, 3 Al Adel Abou Bakr Square, 3rd floor, Apt. 9, Zamalek, Cairo

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