“Loudly” … artistic visions that tell the turmoil of the Arab world
The Egyptian Gallery presents the works of 28 artists in the open air
Wednesday – 4 Rabi` Al-Awal 1442 AH – 21 October 2020 AD Edition n. [
Distinguished participation of small sculptures in the exhibition (Middle East)
Cairo: Nadia Abdel Halim
Hardly a visitor to the golf club’s playgrounds in the Dreamland area of Sixth of October City (west of Cairo), the walk begins between its flanks except with a sculptural piece or painting created by Egyptian and Arab artists, which in many works it expresses the feelings of agitation in some Arab countries, and the stadiums are formed Since the launch of the “Isle and Cam” gallery, the first artistic event of this season, a group exhibition can establish a new and unconventional way of presentation art in Egypt, which allows to give the recipient a greater opportunity to communicate with the expressive and aesthetic energy of the works, and what is also consistent with the precautionary measures for the Corona virus.
The works of the “Loud Loud” exhibition, which will continue until the end of next November, emerged from the halls of the gallery closed to the open air and to the wide horizon, presenting them in the stadiums and green spaces, which is what the artist , Wiam Al-Masry, director of the gallery, returns to the tendency to impart New meanings and sensations, to bring the public back to art, especially after the reluctance of many to go to the galleries, for fear of being in closed or crowded places.
Al-Masry does not deny her initial fear of exhibiting more than one hundred works abroad by 28 artists, as she was convinced that artists could reject this unusual mode of display or that it would limit the diversity of size and nature of the exhibitions, which represented artistic poverty, but luckily she was disappointed and says of Asharq Al-Awsat: “When we thought about organizing this exhibition, we faced many questions and concerns, especially the fact that we thought that large spaces necessarily required large works of art. ‘art, as they will swallow small works and will not appear and will not be attractive to the eye of the recipient, while young people often produce Small works due to the high cost of materials, in addition to the fact that some great artists do not tend to create huge works , and therefore we were almost confined to limited names, specific dimensions and an artistic field, but we decided to allow everyone to enter in this new artistic experience, and the result was unexpected. “
The artists welcomed the idea and considered it worthy of application in the current circumstances, but the spaciousness of the horizon made a real addition to the artwork and gave a different feel to the exhibition inside the enclosed space of the gallery. Because, despite the expansion of the exhibition area, despite the different sizes, types of materials and techniques, it has imposed a strong presence on the site on its expressive and aesthetic strength, and has added a lot to the picturesque landscape.
The exhibition includes an illustrious group of works by artists belonging to various artistic generations and different schools, including the late artist Adam Hanin, artists Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Reda Abdel Salam, Abdel Aziz Saab, Mr. Abdo Selim, Muhammad Abla, Tamer Rajab and Sayed Waked, and Iraqi Ali Nuri, And Lebanese Bassam Kirollos and others.
Artist Tamer Rajab presents three sculptures in bronze, aluminum and polyester, and the works are the continuation of an idea he is working on in the current phase, which is nature and man’s struggle with it, and its reflection on the body, and how a person does not stop looking for the other while waiting for him to listen and communicate with him. The artist told Al-Sharq al-Awsat: “The title of the exhibition is consistent with its aims, as every sculpture and painting it contains speaks with a (loud voice) in public after it has been formed and formulated with expressive artistic phrases and clear lines, in a very difficult period of time and an atmosphere, which is a period of resistance (Corona). “Ragab puts his hand on other characteristics that distinguish the exhibition, saying:” While the exhibition in Egypt is always based on closed rooms and places equipped with constant lighting in a confined space, this time the works are presented on a large scale embraced by nature that paints shadows and lights on the works of art, thus acquiring other influences, especially the sculptures that were formed mainly from natural materials such as stone, granite, marble, copper and bronze, as if they started with nature and returned to it.
While the artist Sayed Waked told “Al-Sharq al-Awsat”: “I always find myself passionate about expressing human encounters in general, having freed them of features and details Because it is these details that draw identity differences and generate difference, disagreement and intolerance, and perhaps the presentation in this Arab-Egyptian gathering of artists with different artistic backgrounds and ages in one place serves my idea which was thrown out of their ideals out loud, perhaps clearly reaching the pious.
Through a painting and six statues, the Lebanese artist Bassam Kirollos expresses wars and devastation, and what his society is going through, and surpasses the works influenced by his academic style as a university professor and says: “It is difficult for an artist who lives in the midst of all the scourges of wars that his main concern is not his homeland, so I find myself worried about Lebanon issues, and I think I try to convey his voice my basic message to the world.
The question of the “exceptional circumstances of the homeland” is also what worries Iraqi artist Ali Al-Nouri in his sculptural works on display. Through 12 granite statues that embody the turbulent conditions in his homeland, the sense of what the recipient heightens his mix of classicism and strong expressive strokes that earn him the traits of brutality in art, which also reflects cases of change that a person undergoes during the different stages of his life.
Al-Nouri told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I found in the unconventional presentation an affirmation of the meanings my works carry in terms of turmoil, dispersion and lack of stability in contemporary societies, since exhibiting my large sculptures in the open air it helps to achieve this goal, because there is a large space that allows the contemplation of the works and dialogue. With her from all angles ».