SAFARKHAN has the pleasure to invite you on Monday 28th of May to the exhibition:
"Summer Collective Exhibition"
Starting this week and extending across the summer months, Safarkhan will show a diverse collection of modern and contemporary Egyptian art.
Our aim from this collection is to enrich the artistic scene by presenting an exciting mix of the most up-to-date and valuable art.
In the realm of Modern Egyptian Art we have the pleasure to present to you valuable pieces from the late Kamal Khalifa (1926 – 1968, Egypt) whose closest friend the late writer and philosopher Dr. Mostafa Mahmoud said about him "I have the honor to have lived the age of Kamal Khalifa". Kamal Kalifa black and white drawings demonstrate his relaxed less formal style which is not as evident as in his full colored work. To summarize his work we can say that Khalifa's personal suffering expressed in his sculpture and paintings reaches out universally.Effat Naghi (1910 – 1994, Egypt) is an outstanding Egyptian artist who has concentrated on popular motifs, believes in the continuity of popular art and its meeting with social movements. Much of the inspiration for her work in the last 20 years came from the display of folk art which decorated the homes of old Nubia. A second theme has been the introduction of the industrial age to Egypt represented by the buildings in Aswan High Dam. Her art, during the 1960’s, was a combination of sculpture and painting. More recently she has painted on flat surfaces, but with similar themes.
Ahmed Zaghloul is an Egyptian artist who studied in Paris in the sixties with Fernand Leger and Andre Lotte. When he came back to Egypt he began exhibiting but unfortunately he died at an earlier age. His work on still life and nature is a combination of expressionism and cubism in a strong daring palette of colors.
Mohamed Ismail (1936 – 1993, Egypt) Since 1969 Dr.Mohamed Ismail has been globe-trotting from Greece, Spain, France to North Africa and Turkey, the Gulf states and all the way to Tokyo and the Maldives. Through his travels, he did not adopt the academic methods of recording his experiences. After living in a given country for a while, the true passionate impact would befall him, rendering his works on expression of the interaction between the environment and past experiences. He is attracted by the essence of things, not by their appearances.
As for the Contemporary Egyptian Art we show the works of:
Anna Boghiguian (b.1946, Egypt) Anna has succeeded in capturing the essence and culture of a city as vibrant and chaotic as Cairo which is a daunting task for any painter. She has a deep understanding of its soul as well as a sharp eye to pick up on the continuous metamorphosis of movement against a background that is both timeless and undergoing constant renewal.
Nermine Hammam's (b. 1967, Egypt) Anachrony (2010) is a series of mixed media images that depict anonymous human forms cocooned inside long, flowing drapes of fabric in a surrealist-inspired landscape of desert and mountains of Fayoum. For Hammam, art comes from the unexpected outcomes of human interactions: “Collaboration is the answer; it is all that stands between us and the void.”
Nazli Madkour (b. 1949, Egypt) Nazli Madkour's pieces is an homage to Egyptian women, a tribute to their glory, to their sufferings and to their dignity. The flowers in this collection are symbolic of "offerings” of joy and hope, but often of melancholy and mourning. The ephemeral and the perennial get intertwined.
Katherine Bakhoum (b. 1949, Egypt) Katherine Bakhoum represents art that has been forgotten for a long while. She draws upon the concept and the subject of the orientalism and the enchantment of that period. Her power dwells in creating her own style of contemporary expressionism building upon the old orientalism.
Ihab Shaker (b. 1933, Egypt) The images Ihab creates bend and intersect in a whimsical rebellion. His maneuver of paintings anything, but straight out pictorial. It is an artistic action that parallels even rivals in music. He uses the media of painting to accomplish what musical tunes achieve but stops short from absolute abstraction.
Souad Mardam Bey's (b. in Damascus) collection seems to emerge from the familiar everyday scenes and faces, yet she always surprises us in transforming those simple subjects into an evocative and expressive bold composition. Each painting is a story, each collection is but another affirmation of her web of differing ideas and cultures and of her perceptive eye, which captures emotions so vividly.
Ahmed Hamid (b. in Egypt) has designed several lines of contemporary furniture, objects, textiles and accessories, and uses photography to document his sources of inspiration. Hamid’s 30 years of architectural practice have been driven by the inextricable relationship between art and architecture, as well as the conviction that the positive influence of art and design extends beyond function, encapsulating an entire mode de vie.
Alyaa Kamel (b. 1975, Geneva) This interplay of the powerful events happening in Egypt, has emerged in a free expression by Alyaa Kamel using quick drawings in black and red in to personify hope and in her words she notes "I re-create the beauty of what I have seen all of these years, notably the recent strife; where the vast spectrum of human emotions were put centre-stage. An explosion of life: resentment, tears, and laughter. My exhibition is an expression of hope, hope for a better life waiting for us".
Exhibition will last till July 31st, 2012.
Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 10.00am-1.30pm and 5.00-9.00 pm.