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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Enterprise favorites: Budding Egyptian artists

Alaa Abul Hamd: At least two of us here at Enterprise are big fans of this award-winning contemporary artist, who is beginning to garner the fame he deserves. With an aesthetic heavily influenced by Ancient Egyptian culture, Abul Hamid’s pieces feature subjects “characterized by their stillness, strength and silence.” Abul Hamid has also said that he finds inspiration in his surroundings, particularly the nature and culture in Luxor, where he currently resides


Klay Kassem: The contemporary artist is known for his recurring symbols of a man, fish, cat, and bird which he uses to describe the political scene of Egypt. His early works foreshadowed the 2011 uprising’s collective socio-political awakening using paintings of a man symbolizing the people and a fish that represents livelihood. He has since added symbols of a cat representing greed and the bird referring to freedom from caging values to his works to comment on the post-revolution political ambience by exploring the relationship between the three symbols.


Nadeen El Rashidy: This rising talent’s style is a crossover between abstraction, surrealism, and impressionism. Many of her paintings (oil on canvas) have a whimsical feel to them — a theme that she expressed in her most recent exhibition, Once Upon a Dream (watch, runtime: 1:30).


Deena Mohamed: We would be remiss to ignore caricatures and comics as an art medium with incredible rising talent. Mohamed created her first webcomic, Qahera, at age 18. Qahera is “a visibly muslim Egyptian superhero that addresses social issues such as islamophobia and misogyny.” She also published in 2018 her graphic novel trilogy, Shubeik Lubeik, in which she creates a fantastical version of Egypt where wishes are commodities that can be bought. The designer also created the graphic that was used on Google’s search page to celebrate Egypt’s first female lawyer, Mufidah Abdul Rahman, back in January.

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