Basim Magdy

My first exposure to Basim Magdy was last summer at the Arnolfini, when the gallery exhibited The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, which was part of Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year programme.  I can safely say that it was one of my favourite exhibitions I have experienced. It weaved together absurd films and text, and illustrative paintings of futuristic imaginings.  The colours were electric and dazzling. The sounds hypnotizing. The scenes stitched together a nonsensical narrative which was at times sad, but also amusing. A sort of dark comedy. Mostly, it felt like a strong warm hug of squishy fur, but experienced in a fading dream. I wanted to close my eyes tight to get back to that place in slumber, but it was lost. Only a faded memory was left, which was why I had to visit the exhibit several times to get that feeling back again.

I created automatic writings based on my experience of the work, then built photographs around the writings and placed them in small little photo books. A strange regurgitation of an event.

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