Group Exhibtion by
Mohamed Abouelnaga, Ahmed Badry, Sabah Naim, Mina Nasr, Alexandra Wey.
AB GALLERY, Lucerne.
01.02. – 28.03.2015
Pyramids, papyrus and pharaohs – mummies, mausoleums and mosques. Most likely, these are the first associations a visitor of Cairo comes up with. However, apart from that the Egyptian metropolis has a very lively and remarkable contemporary art scene to offer. Especially after the political downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011, there has been a recovery of the cultural life in Cairo. Liberated, artists from all kind of backgrounds show their attitudes and exhibit their works openly since then. The art scene presents itself, conform to the recent development, colorful and multi-faceted. It is this aspect of diversity that is reflected in the current exhibition. The visitor gets the chance to understand in how many different ways the megacity Cairo can influence creative working. On top of this, the displayed art works surely manage to capture the spectator in an entertaining and stimulating way.
Press Release AB Gallery, Lucerne
Mina Nasr: Beauty From Egypt
shown in the exhibition CAIRO
The upcoming exhibition “Cairo” at the AB Gallery Lucerne includes several new and spectacular art works by the Egyptian artist Mina Nasr (*1983, Cairo). In “Beauty from Egypt” (2014), a series of three paper works, he deals with the serious topic of lost and stolen Egyptian artifacts:
Nefertiti, sekhemka, The Ancient Egyptian Writer, Isis, Osiris, and all other old Pharaonic Egyptian sculptures, have been stolen and sold with a very low price with or without buyers’ documents. The stolen Egyptian sculptures were shipped outside Egypt to decorate European museums and rich people’s houses. Thousands and thousands of antiques that present the history of Pharaonic Egypt were smuggled outside of Egypt. Till now, the Egyptian government failed to return them back.
Before 1835, it was a customary that half the discovered tomb’s treasures goes to the discoverer. However, such a mutual agreement was canceled by a new law, which helped the Egyptian Antiquities Authority to legally ship the treasure outside. Except, mafia antiques is very active in Luxor, as they spread the local streets, carrying stolen sculptures in their pockets, looking for an interested buyer. These mafias are nothing but thieves who are constantly searching and digging for the hidden treasures of rich ancient art. Usually, they sell the antiques to cover their daily expenses while living a hard, unbearable life.
During the Arab Spring revolutions some of the artifacts had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum and some archaeological sites in the absence of security, in that period, which agitated the global public opinion, again.
In my project, I’m trying to explain the relation between the Egyptian painful reality and the past, how our ancient history was sold and smuggled in a plastic bag and a piece of paper or other means, and hand delivered to the outside world; how the gap between a civilization that consumes and the one that produce, yet we are all the same people.
I’m trying to imagine the disregard of our history and the people who sold it. This makes you rethink the value of what we have lost as Egyptians and that fact that it was already too late to realize the naked, painful truth.
Mina Nasr (*1983, Cairo) regards himself as an observer of contemporary society and analyses and documents it in his art pieces, i. e. in his freehand drawings in the first place. Be it waiting in line in front of the polling station or sitting in the underground train on the way home: the artist observes and studies those details in his fellow humans that determine the immediate moment and then transfers them in a life or larger than life-size depiction into his art.
The exhibition “Cairo” at the AB Gallery Lucerne runs from February, 1st 2015 to March, 28th 2015.