The first solo exhibition by Ahmed Lesi in Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, will display his paintings which, drawing from Gaston Bahelard’s philosophy, address the concept of space meant as a reservoir of thoughts, emotions and intuitions that form and attract people’s imagination. Lesi is a Cairo-based visual artist interested in pop art whose works sarcastically depict daily Egyptian life.
"The familiarity of the place captivates me, as I acknowledge my weakness towards every place I’ve been to.
The place is not the place where I live, but it is the soul of the people I meet, as if it were a real reservoir of thoughts, emotions, and intuition, and I interacted with them to leave a mark or to make them affect me.
Gaston Bachelard says: The place that attracts imagination cannot be an apathetic place with its geometrical dimensions, but a place where people have lived not only objectively but with all their personal imagination, which is what attracts us to it.
In this project I took up this concept of space to create a space that connects me with the space where I work and the events that affected me during my work. The scenes that I produced are based upon photographs of social events, which are part of a personal archive of photos that I collected myself, and which directly affected me visually. I worked to reproduce them anew in the form of commemorative paintings, all linked to each other as they are pictures of friends, families, and quasi-familiar spaces of this kind, which occurred in Ard El Lewa. By doing this, I was able to tell my experience or impressions of the place, whose dimensions I deal with the most, in the attempt of highlighting the visual point of view of this place." ~ Ahmed Lesi
"أُدخل إلي مكاني الخاص"
أحمد ليسي هو فنان بصري مقيم في القاهرة يهتم بفن البوب ويصف الحياة المصرية بطريقة ساخرة. سيعرض معرضه الفردي الأول في جاليري مشربية للفن المعاصر، يحتوي معرضه علي لوحات وصور، مستوحاة من فلسفة غاستون باهيلارد، وتتناول مفهوم الفضاء كمستودع للأفكار و الحدس و العواطف التي تشكل وتجذب خيال الناس.
"إن ألفه المكان تأسرنى ،وأنا أقر بضعفى تجاه كل مكان حللته"