Anutosh heeft deze winter Nederland vertegenwoordigd op de 11e Biënnale van Caïro. Daaruit is het idee geboren om hem gastcurator te laten zijn voor deze bijzondere tentoonstelling. Hij heeft deze twee meest tot de verbeelding sprekende egyptische kunstschilders uitgenodigd om samen in Nederland, in onze galerie, deze tentoonstelling te maken. Essam Marouf deelde de tentoonstellingsruimte Horizon One met Anutosh in Cairo. Hij maakt momenteel met zijn ingetogen vrouwenportretten furore in zowel Europa als het Midden Oosten. Adel El Siwi heeft voor zijn gehele oeuvre de grote Biënnale prijs gewonnen en is een hele bekende nog levende egyptische schilder. Van hem laten we kleine gemengde technieken op papier zien.
uses paint as such, both in the ways it behaves as a substance and in the contrasts between those behaviours, that creates a feeling of space; in some places it is the brushstrokes themselves that create the sculptural effect. And whatever realities are evoked by the forms that pass before our eyes – one viewer will see creatures of the deep sea, another a world of microorganisms, the third the mushrooms of an autumnal forest – in the end, most of them are not really depicted at all. Paradoxically, while the paintings are concrete or purely abstract, very few people will think of them as a mere play of forms. The paradox has to do with Anutosh’s fascination with painting as a world of visual and tactile possibilities, all these similarities in atmosphere and form are as logical as they are mysterious and Anutosh’s work is always imbued with that miraculous unity.
Essam Marouf (1958)
studied painting from 1976 to 1981 at Faculty of Fine Arts, in Cairo, and from 1982 to 1985 at Accademia di Bella Arte, in Roma where he was inspired by the Renaissance art. He is represented by Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo, and he has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the world, at venues that include Galerie Helga Hofman in the Netherlands 2009,11th Cairo biennale 2008, L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris 2008, Art Amsterdam 2008 NL, Artparis-Abu Dhabi 2008, and Museum Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome 2007. “Painting...a magnificent medium to express myself... A magnificent way to build, in all freedom, my own and different world. With minimalism in form and colour, I try to give my paintings inner power and spiritual energy. These are the two factors that give paintings - in my eyes - their inconceivable power. This manner of seeing painting began over 25 years ago, when, while studying in Italy, I saw and fell in love with the work of the great masters, Giotto and Piero della Francesca.”
Adel El-Siwi (1952)
studied medicine at Cairo University and emigrated to Europe and North America. He returned to Egypt to consider a serious career as a painter reinspired by the artistic achievement of his homeland. El-Siwi’s first major showing of his art was in 1985 at the Cairo Atelier. Since the 1980s he has had solo exhibitions in Egypt, Germany, Lebanon and Italy. He has also participated in group exhibitions as far across the globe as Brazil and Mexico. Outside of his painting career El-Siwi has translated Leonard da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting into Arabic, worked as a film art-director and written about contemporary art. Since 1996 he has been involved in a community arts project in Old Cairo initiating and participating in the projections of his work onto historical building in Kom Ghorab, Cairo, Egypt (1996) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1996). His art becomes a commentary on the disillusionment caused by political corruption and state control, and an inspiration for individuals to regain consciousness of their communities.