Made in Lebanon
This is a Dream Come True
Ali Abdel Mohsen
Ali Abdel Mohsen (b. 1984) is an Egyptian artist who lives and works in Cairo. The artist uses line drawings and acrylic color on the surfaces of cardboard boxes to convey his impressions of decline in contemporary Egypt: on the political, social and human level. Abdel Mohsen's works depict a savage and dystopian universe where man must struggle for survival. A self-taught artist, he chooses the medium of disused cardboard boxes as a way of conveying the primitive aesthetics of his message.
Beside his art, Ali Abdel Mohsen also works as a freelance journalist in Egypt, covering topics of current social and political import that form the basis of his art works.
Oct. 20 – Nov. 7, 2013
"I worked on this collection during the period from late 2009 until 2013. Drawing constitutes my daily life, it is a product of all what is going on around me both publicly and privately and everything I see wherever I go ...My life is full of contradictions, and my drawings reflect all those events mixed with my feelings and my thoughts and my dreams."
Nov. 17 – Dec. 9, 2013
Salah El Mur
I liked the name of the ancient wall in Cairo "Wall of Hungarian eyes”...I pondered this name without reference to the historical label and found that the face has the highest values expressive eyes that fall in the middle.
Faces have streams with eyes that express human emotions... Such as joy, sorrow, surprising and anger, etc.
I focused on the eyes, they are completely different like impress, I worked on drawing portraits do not like each other and eyes as well.
The face is a Hungarian eye...
Dec. 15, 2013 – Jan. 16, 2014
On the Road
The photographer decides to stop in the course of the trip and take the picture.
He reflects on the succession of images that make up the journey. The moment is full of surprises.
The road suddenly ends in the middle of nowhere.
The photographs were taken in Egypt over the past 8 years and consist of several sub-series. They are a meditation on our landscape and are a sequel to the artist previous show: "Scapes"
Paul Ayoub-Geday is an Egyptian artist, filmmaker and a curator. Previous shows include: "The Almanac", "Futuropolis" and "Studio Viennoise". His films have been show in the 2012 and 2013 Berlinale.
Jan 19 – Feb. 13, 2014
In this exhibition Shaima Kamel deals with the contrast between image and reality that is present within Egyptian society – a society filled with contradictions. Kamel tries to convey the message that while figures like Cinderella and other such princesses are idolized by little girls, who consequently wish to acquire their looks and manners, these characters remain completely imaginary and no girl will ever acquire an image similar to that of those princesses because their very image is not acceptable to society. Similarly, the manikins we see in the windows of Cairo’s shops display perfect images that only correspond to a fantasy and are far from reality and what is admissible within this reality. Kamal's exceptional work hence represents an attempt to capture these blurred lines between fantasy and reality.
Feb. 16 – Mar. 20, 2014
Majesty and decline - once upon a time there was cotton
All around a former Izba. Inventing an archive, recording memory and daily life in a village.
This exhibition turns around a former cotton estate, an Izba, the house and the offices of this estate and the former workers camp turned today into a village. Two life-worlds, remnants of the previous landowner’s life styles and today's village.
Mar. 23 – Apr. 10, 2014
The ninth solo exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery is Hany Rashed latest body of work. The artist’s philosophy starts from a simple assumption: the contemporary human being lives a freedom limited by constraints. Therefore he becomes a little toy acting in accordance with the principles and rules dictated from above. As an artist, Rashed pushes this consideration to a paradoxical result, and creates a world where everything around him – from cars to persons, from buildings to pics of daily life - is transformed into plastic objects, reminiscent of the children's toys. Rashed uses a particular technique, which in “stretching” the material, gives the impression of a curtain moved by the wind or rippling water. The images are distorted, underlining the gap between the reality and its reproduction.
Apr. 13 – May. 15, 2014
After a five-year stay in the United States, Mohamed Ganoubi returns to the Cairene scene with a come-back that is significantly titled 'Nirvana'.
Here, the artist builds an immersive and hypnotic surface, in which all the organic and inorganic elements contribute to create this catching atmosphere, in symbiosis one with the other. Like having come out of long meditation, or a an ecstatic state, reality is shredded into pieces and reassembled following rhythmical references, which remind of the preciousness of old manuscripts and oriental carpets, without, however, falling into the trap of direct citation.
Mohammed used the local cotton canvas. Colors are also derived from local natural materials like trees and rocks local.
May 18 – Jun. 12, 2014
From Architecture to Sculpture
Mmar is a collective of three Egyptian sculptors who seek to crystallize and delineate the national, indigenous concepts and values ingrained in the long history of Egyptian architecture, from an artistic view point which is totally committed to, and invested in, local resources.
Mmar believes that an in-depth study of Egyptian architecture, delving into the various stages of its development throughout the different epochs of Egypt ’s history, represents a comprehensive discipline with distinctive trends and methods of expression which are on par with the principles and foundations of contemporary modern art.
Egypt’s profound cultural heritage is rich enough to meet and sustain its requirements in all fields, particularly in architecture.
In face of the current situation and challenges, Mmar Group is calling for adapting and putting this rich heritage into focus so as to produce an unmistakably national distinctive architecture.
Jun. 15 – Jul. 10, 2014