“[…] Athr Gallery has partnered with Ward Culture and Art Center, based in Cairo, […] to present “Egypt with Love”, a group show consisting of 13 Egyptian artists active in the modern art scene today.” – Athr Gallery
I was very happy to see an exhibition that combines amazing talents from a country that I love very much. I do not love Egypt because I have the nationality; I love Egypt because of its rich culture and people’s appreciation for art.
When I see such incredible work, I make sure to invest my time in taking good photographs of it. Below are photos of most of the artwork exhibited- more specifically, work that has blown my mind away.
The name Khalid Hafiz sounded awfully familiar. It was only moments later when I remembered that I’d seen him at Hamdi Attia’s exhibition in Cairo last year. It was indeed very enlightening listening to him during the artist talk. It was the first time I hear of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation”, and that alone was enough to impress me. It was great seeing Khalid’s work in person while listening to Mr. Hamza Serafi’s explanation in the background.
I really loved Mohammed Talaat’s work. I can’t quire explain what it was that grabbed me in his paintings. I loved how even though he stuck to a certain palette, he was still able to communicate very strong emotions. Black was a very important part of these compositions, but it is not overpowering. This body of work will definitely be stuck in my mind for a while.
Adel El Siwi is one of those artists that made me feel like I’ve been living under a rock. A book of his work was on the table, and as I flipped through, I became more and more intrigued. He’s definitely got a very juicy brain that I’d love to have for breakfast (P.S: I am not a canibal).
Of all the paintings by Britt, I found this the most captivating. There’s something about the red hair and the eyes that make the woman in this portrait a character I would really love to meet. The hair and the long neck give her a status higher than all the portraits in this exhibition.
This portrait by Essam Maarouf sends chills down my spine. I loved his ghastly portraits, and for some reason, this one was my favorite. Perhaps it is the childish face combined with the haunting eyes. It was rather difficult photographing and editing because of the very subtle details.
A sculpture is not only the object itself- it is also the space around it. What kind of energy does each sculpture give? And how does your perspective differ as you go around it?
Last but not least, Walid Taher’s dynamic mixed media pieces have won my heart as well. I would really like to see them as postcards.
Thank you Athr Gallery for sharing such wonderful art with the public. I hope to see many more international exhibitions in the future.