Basim Magdy – Some Become Part Time Singers and Some Keep Pretending
This black box presentation shows three films by Egyptian artist Basim Magdy. In a poetic and associative way they reflect on the absurdity of life, on solitude in a world of constant connectivity, on the conflation of past, present and future, on utopia and dystopia, expressing hope and despair all at once. His multi-layered films bathe in a surreal and dreamy atmosphere, flavoured with a touch of psychedelia.
You are kindly invited to the opening on Saturday 26th of March.
LOCATION: Z33 - house for contemporary art, Vleugel '58, Zuivelmarkt 33, 3500 Hasselt
ABOUT BASIM MAGDY
Basim Magdy’s practice is grounded in an interest in iconic images and objects outside of explicit historical investigation or political referencing. His work concerns itself with the social implications of such symbols, and how they transform over time and in changing contexts into a mix of legend and bizarre cultural constructions and encounters. Often employing the language and forms of science fiction in his work, Magdy reveals something essential about human nature and desire by presenting worlds where the impossible becomes plausible reality.
Magdy works with different media including drawing, painting, animation, installation, sculpture, printed matter, film and sound. He is particularly interested in creating narrative structures that explore the space between reality and fiction and its influence on science, history, global culture and the dissemination of knowledge. (source: .artSümer)
IN THE PRESS
Basim Magdy: Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” 2016
Of Failures and Withdrawals: An Interview with Basim Magdy