Last night I was at Arttalks’ opening of their latest exhibit, “The Forbidden”, featuring the works of Weaam El Masry and Yasser Nabaiel. I was intrigued by the title, and as usual Arttalks’ invite and catalogue were so impeccably done, that they alone were enough to draw you to see the show. I’ve always found … Continue reading The Forbidden is unspeakably desirable
Katherine Bakhoum’s is currently showing her 13th show, titled “Magic of the Orient” at Safar Khan Gallery in Zamalek. I have a hot and cold relationship with the works of Bakhoum; Sometimes I love them, other times, I’m not quite taken by the exhibition at all. This show embodies this feeling, because most of the … Continue reading The Orient is just pretty
Fewer things are more frustrating than good work and solid efforts being let down by incompetence and bad management. Any professional- no, any average layman- living in Egypt knows this all too well. Creative people in particular suffer doubly, as it takes sweat, blood and tears to create good work for someone to just come across … Continue reading A great exhibit that I can’t show you
Currently at Misr Gallery is Islam Zaher’s exhibit, “Pink & Lamentation.” First off- I really like that title. The use of a very heavily stereotyped colour (“pink is girly/sexual/juvenile/etc.”) and a deeply melancholic word was quite intriguing. Sadly I can’t quite say the same about the entire exhibition. Now there were a few gems in … Continue reading Lamenting over Pink
Currently at Zamalek Art Gallery’s Venue II (it’s their new gallery space- if you haven’t seen it yet then you should) is an exhibit titled “The Cycle” by Kamal El Feky. One of the things I love about the Zamalek Art Gallery is how they like to represent young artists, without their young age … Continue reading The Never ending Cycle
Serge Gainsbourg has been quoted to say that “Ugliness is superior to Beauty, because it lasts”. Umberto Eco demonstrated the power of art to elevate even the most pitiable subject, stating that “Ugliness can be redeemed by a faithful and efficacious artistic portrayal.” Rabab Nemr’s latest exhibition, currently at the Zamalek Art Gallery, titled “Helwa … Continue reading Rabab Nemr’s Inner Beauty
One of the things I love & hate about Egypt is the number of new designers that come up. It’s amazing that we have so many talented people out there who are unafraid to take the risk and plunge into the entrepreneurial world, showing everyone what they’re made of. It is also terrifying that we have … Continue reading RNDM Designs is awesome- you heard it here first.
I’ve been pretty much swamped with work lately, so I haven’t been covering as many artists and shows as I should have been. My sincere apologies for that. However, I always lay low and come back to you with a few gems, so sometimes it’s worth the absence. This time, it’s artist Ali Abdel Mohsen. Continue reading “A beautiful nightmare, rather.”
Going to gallery openings and walking through museums (of the ones that aren’t still closed) in Cairo has become somewhat tiring. I can go through a million reasons as to why exactly, but in this post I’ll just pick on one: The inadequacy of contemplation. People skim through the art work like it’s a work … Continue reading The inadequacy of Contemplation.
I’ve always found great difficulty in describing the kind of struggle an critic or teacher goes through when analysing and critiquing an artist’s work. I have started many a post to tackle this subject, to quickly abandon it when I choke on my thoughts and eventually lose the ability to express myself with any hint … Continue reading Miller & I.