Look at these sculptures. They’re quirky, funny and awkward. They’re playful but they plead for your sympathy. They’re pitiful, but they’re doing their best to survive. I love them. They’re clumsy and confused but their bronze existence demands your attention. These are the latest works by artist Gamal Abdel Nasser, currently on show at the … Continue reading Silly little things.
Egypt has lost yet another of its contemporary treasures: The brilliant artist Hamed Owais, passed away on Saturday October 1st 2011, at the age of 92. I can go on to list his achievements, but you’re better off getting accurate dates and titles here. What I can go on and on about however, is his … Continue reading Hamed Owais
Currently at Picasso Art Gallery in Zamalek is an exhibition titled “Gamal Abdel Nasser…The Dream.” The show’s title is pretty much what it’s about, the Leader Gamal Abdel Nasser and what he represented at the time: Hope, Strength & the Dignity of the Egyptian. Now I don’t like Abdel Nasser nor what he stood for. … Continue reading Holding out for a hero
I’m not trying to be ‘different’ here- just harsh. I believe the creative people in this city need a little bit of tough love. Or a lot. I was walking in Zamalek the other day and I came across Zafir T-shirt store. Remembering a post I read by Suzeinthecity, I decided to pop into the … Continue reading Talk to the Hand
The latest collection by Azza Fahmy returns to Ancient Egypt, a move that many who have become fans of her take on Arabic calligraphy and poetry inspired pieces, may not like. Despite my fascination with the Ancient Egyptian civilization, I find their jewellery somewhat stiff. I prefer organic, loose, hippy necklaces and earrings; the type … Continue reading Fit for a Queen
The work of Ori Gersht, a fine Arts photography & Film professor at the University for the Creative Arts- where I’ve got my MFA- was just what I was looking for. His landscapes are eerily breathtaking, evoking a mysterious past that the art directors of Game of Thrones would be jealous of. The series of … Continue reading Ori Gersht & I
Standing in front of a contemporary painting at an art gallery with a friend- who’s not quite in tune with the Arts- asking me “Is this supposed to be good? What does it mean?” is a scenario that has happened to me a lot more times than I ever thought I could endure. Which got me … Continue reading Obvious Art?
In the past few months in Cairo, Grafitti has become our visual equivilant of the Titanic and Tweety frenzy a decade or so back. Loving it, doing it and having an audience for it has made grafitti mainstream- which is precisely what marks its demise. If your mum thinks it’s cool, then it’s dead. Reason for … Continue reading Leave Graffiti alone
This blog aims to collect all my writing and opinions in one place, leading to online websites where my work is archived, or to published images of my articles. The blog itself attempts to act as an archive of Art and Art-related things happening predominantly in Egypt but also anywhere else in the world that’s … Continue reading Introducing the blog…