Quiet sadism sweeps old Cairo.Darb 1718 is the newest non-profit arts center in Cairo. Located in El Fustat, the center strikes an interesting balance between its surroundings of the millennium-old mosques A list of notable mosques around the world: Asia
Founded by renowned Egyptian contemporary artist Moataz Nasr, the center opened with "Crossings," a collective exhibition that hosteduuuu an exceptional array of artists from all over the world. For its second presentation, Darb 1718 is hosting two shows simultaneously: "Pixigrainz" by photographer Omar Khodeir, and "In the eye of the Beholder" by Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter.
Omar Khodeir is a filmmaker who has devoted seven solid years of his life in Paris to honing Honing could refer to
The photographs are untouched, not manipulated either in the darkroom darkroom,
n a completely lightproof room or cubicle that is used in the processing of photographic, medical, and dental films. See also safe light. or by any computer software; a refreshing change for the current photography scene Egypt.
The pictures are basically close-ups of various surfaces caught on camera.
The surfaces, be it a wall, a floor or a torn up poster, are presented in an abstract light. The images are somewhat unrecognizable, so much so that one needs to look closer so as not to confuse the work with actual abstract paintings.
Khodeir states it is his main concern "to explore his surroundings, not to alter it," and his show clearly illustrates this concept. The attention to detail and color combinations in the close-ups are exquisite. At a glance, one may assume that notion behind zooming in on an object or space to find a rhythm or balance within its textures is an amateurish proposal. Despite the fact that this may indeed be the case with one piece, it certainly isn't with the entire set of work.
Each and every picture has been framed by a trained eye, and the cropping of the images brings out wonderfully balanced and harmonic harmonic.
1 Physical term describing the vibration in segments of a sound-producing body (see sound). A string vibrates simultaneously in its whole length and in segments of halves, thirds, fourths, etc. compositions both through shapes and colors. Khodeir says that he "wants to find a camera angle from which the forms can be the most they can be." And he does that exactly.
The second floor houses "In the eye of the Beholder" and "Constant Triumph," a collection of photographic and video works by Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter. "In the eye of the Beholder" is a disturbing video show featuring a European-looking woman, dressed in red and white against a red background, dissecting dis·sect
tr.v. dis·sect·ed, dis·sect·ing, dis·sects
1. To cut apart or separate (tissue), especially for anatomical study.
2. an eye.
Had one not witnessed such a procedure in a biology class of some kind, one would be inclined to suffer a distressing physical reaction. The idea was to comment on the "greatest asset of women," that being their eyes. The video, if one could endure the aggressiveness jolt instigated by the procedure, is textured and calm, violently contrasting its subject matter.
On the adjacent wall lies another video, "Constant Triumph;" an homage to Mwangi's sister, who died at an early age, that charts the last phases in her short life. The video contains several beautiful frames, specifically ones depicting Mwangi's sister in empty expanses of land, or at the doorstep of what appears to be her home.
The absence of the video's protagonist injects the work with a heavy undertone, giving it both depth and sadness. The video is personal and watching it feels like an intrusion of sorts; yet what almost spoils spoil
v. spoiled or spoilt , spoil·ing, spoils
a. To impair the value or quality of.
b. To damage irreparably; ruin.
2. this experience is its close vicinity to the video of the dissected dis·sect·ed
1. Botany Divided into many deep, narrow segments: dissected leaves.
2. Geology Cut by irregular valleys and hills.
Adj. 1. eye. Somehow the works feel unrelated, and having them share such an intimate space leaves the viewer uncomfortable.
This rather uneasy sensation is further augmented with another video presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. displaying the artists' bodies that are branded with random words such as "Cut" and "Steal" and "Hurt" with what appear to be scars is in an opposite space. In front of this video is a disturbing photograph of three children with black eyes that appear gouged out.
Adjacent to both these works is an installation of photographs and videos of the sea, waves and children building sandcastles. This piece is both elating e·late
tr.v. e·lat·ed, e·lat·ing, e·lates
To make proud or joyful: Her success elated the family.
Elated. in subject matter while its presentation, predominantly blue in color, is relaxing.
Yet the work, in general, feels completely removed from its morbid morbid /mor·bid/ (mor´bid)
1. pertaining to, affected with, or inducing disease; diseased.
2. unhealthy or unwholesome.
Despite the coherence coherence, constant phase difference in two or more Waves over time. Two waves are said to be in phase if their crests and troughs meet at the same place at the same time, and the waves are out of phase if the crests of one meet the troughs of another. of the ground floor's "Pixigrainz" exhibition, the top floor's collection of works is confusing as a whole, in spite of the fact that each of the pieces is remarkable on its own. The work feels aesthetically and conceptually unconnected; a letdown letdown
1. the sudden flush of milk flow that occurs when the calf begins to suck or when milking commences in a properly prepared cow. Depends for its occurrence on the release of oxytocin from the pituitary gland in response to massage of the teats and udder. in an otherwise great art space.AaAa
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