From missing dates, at which the heart expires.
Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.
Mashrabia Gallery is delighted to present Slowly, the latest solo show by artist Amre Heiba. The exhibition consists of canvases inspired by William Empson’s poem Missing Dates: ‘Far from being a pure illustration of the text, Slowly is rather a visual expression of the feelings that the poem arouses’. Heiba has previously worked with poems and songs, wisely mixing and balancing between various artistic realms.
In line with his earlier work, Slowly recreate the sense of discomfort of a world changing towards the worst. The word slowly lends the exhibition its title, stressing a keyword of the selected quatrain. The term also aquires a wider and metaphorical meaning, inviting the audience to reflect and think about life, its acts and emotions. Indeed, the poem and the artworks share the same romantic nostalgia.
Working in the solitude and the calmness of his private studio or his farm in the outskirts of Alexandria, Heiba developed an impulsive and spontaneous style, ‘paint(ing) chaotically’ multilayered realities. Slowly brings together recurrent themes in Heiba’s practice. His subjects move in dark bidimensional interior and hostile spaces, surrounded by a gloomy atmosphere. Here, human-resembling shilouhettes interact and overlap with stylized people, elements of popular culture, dolls and Ancient Egyptian gods, goddess and monsters.
Objects, people and places unsystematically recreate shots and fragments of everyday life and daily activities of a cosmopolitan yet surreal Alexandria. The coexistance of dreams, nightmares and imagination is contradictory and unavoidable at the same time and it instills a deep feeling of nostalgia and alienation and a longing for the safety of childhood.
Continuing a typical approach of Heiba’s production, the exhibition is the visual translation of collected memories and autobiographical elements in the guise of a personal diary hiding and revealing much about the artist and his mind games.
Born in 1962, Amre Heiba is a visual artist based in Alexandria, his native city. He holds a B.Sc (1984) in Biochemistry from Alexandria University and later studied Graphic Design in Munster (Germany) from 1986 to 1989. Heiba began working with an art group at the Goethe Institute in 1979, and he has been participating in exhibitions since then.
He is a member of L’ATELIER (Groupement des Artistes et des Ecrivains), Fikrun Wa Fann Gallery of the Goethe Institute in Alexandria and of the Syndacate of Visual Arts.
The artist has participated in international events and solo exhibitions both in Cairo and Alexandria.
عمرو هيبة: تدريجياً
تمشيا مع أعماله السابقة، أعادة "تدريجياً" الشعور بعدم الارتياح في عالم متغير نحو الأسوأ، مؤكدا على الكلمة من الرباعية المحددة. ويتطلب هذا المصطلح أيضا معناً أوسع ومجازياً، ودعوة الجمهور للتفكير في الحياة والعمل والعواطف. والواقع أن القصيدة والأعمال الفنية يشتركان فى نفس الحنين الرومانسي.