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Egypt's Gypsum gallery launches Online Viewing Room with Nelly El-Sharkawy’s Le Carnaval

The Gypsum Online Viewing Room showcases Sharkawy's 'series of digital collage images composed of elements taken from the artist’s large archive of photographs documenting Cairo’s architecture'

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Jan 2021

Nelly El-Sharkawy’s Le Carnaval launched a new online platform for Cairo's Gypsum gallery.

Held between 20 January and 7 February, the Gypsum Online Viewing Room showcases the artist's "series of digital collage images composed of elements taken from the artist’s large archive of photographs documenting Cairo’s architecture," reads the commentary provided by the gallery.

"In an attempt to categorise Cairo’s landmark neighborhoods into what she observes as their architectural prototypes, El-Sharkway creates hybrids of buildings that come together like seamless objects and at other times as misshapen amalgamations of their components. In this compilation, she ventures into Maadi, Heliopolis, Mokattam, Downtown, and Nasr City. Each neighbourhood is presented in three images, where the different timelines, histories, and demographics of each neighborhood show in the scale, palette, and use of greenery."

The online viewing room is a new addition to one of Cairo's leading contemporary art galleries.

Founded by curator Aleya Hamza in 2013, the gallery works with numerous artists and represents 11 of them on the local and international scene. Many of the artists affiliated to Gypsum have held succesful solo and group exhibitions around the world. Their works have been presented in Centre Pompidou, France; The Metropolitan Museum, USA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, USA; The Guggenheim, USA; Foundation Louis Vuitton, France; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; among other prestigious cultural venues.

Born in 1995 in Cairo, Nelly El-Sharkawy is an architect and ballerina who started practicing photography in 2011. "From conceptual self-portraits, to black and white street photography, El-Sharkawy is currently working on architectural photography," the gallery presents the artist.

Check the Gypsum gallery's online viewing room here.

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