Cairo's Gypsum gallery participates in Italy Fondamenta's online Artissima

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jun 2020

Artissima is part of a Tunir-based Fondamenta, one of Italy’s most important contemporary art fairs

Work by Setareh Shahbazi (Photo: courtesy of Gypsum gallery)

Cairo's Gypsum gallery has announced its participation in Fondamenta, which is being held online from 5 June to 5 July.

Fondamenta is a collective project based on the work of a fair in progress, coordinated by the curators of Artissima 2020 and produced with galleries for galleries, which are the fundamental “fondamenta” (foundation) of the fair, the heart and fulcrum of the art market.

Artissima is a Turin-based contemporary art fair focusing on digital curatorial projects, and which is scheduled to take place between 5 and 8 November 2020.

In preparation for Artissima, the Gypsum gallery participates in Fondamenta with the selected artworks by Setareh Shahbazi, an Iranian Germany-based artist who has held exhibitions around the globe including Gypsum (2013 and 2016).

"Shahbazi’s projects often begin with photographs: images from private collections, snapshots taken by the artist, family photos, film stills, postcards and newspaper clippings. But the outcome seldom resembles the source material. With a playful irreverence to the sanctity of a photograph as a mirror of reality, Shahbazi drains details out of images. Using digital manipulation, she breaks down images into visual components, and seamlessly reorders what she extracts into new compositions that are at once familiar and strange," reads Gypsum gallery's press release.

Shahbazi is one of 12 artists living and working between the Middle East, Europe and the United States, represented by Gypsum, a gallery founded by curator Aleya Hamza in Cairo in 2013. 

"Our artists have been acquired by leading regional and international collections which include the Centre Pompidou, France; The Metropolitan Museum, USA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, USA; Guggenheim, USA; Foundation Louis Vuitton, France; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; Bonnefantenmuseum and Huis Marseilles, The Netherlands; Museum for Kunst und Gewerb Hamburg, Germany; Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE and Mathaf: Museum of Modern Art in Qatar," Gypsum's website explains.

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