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Basim Magdy

The recent work of Egyptian artist Basim Magdy, recipient of the Deutsche Bank ‘Artist of the Year’ award in 2016 is the subject of this screening featuring his 2014 film trilogy: The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys, The Many Colours of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness and The Dent alongside earlier short works.

Magdy’s work reflects upon how we deal with the present social and economic climate in a pragmatic and humanistic way, mixing sumptuous imagery with ambient and melancholic soundscapes. Magdy provides an innovative narration of his own personal experiences and frank observations while evaluating the political histories of his nation.

Programme

Time Laughs Back at You Like a Bunker Ship, 2012
Super 8 transferred to HD video, colour, sound
9 min 31 sec

The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys, 2014
Super 16mm transferred HD video, colour, sound
13 min 22 sec

13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, 2011
Super 8 film transferred to HD video, colour, sound
5 min 16 sec

The Many Colours of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness, 2014
Super 16mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound
11 min 09 sec

The Dent, 2014
Super 16mm film transferred to Full HD video
19 min 02 sec

Basim Magdy (b. 1977, Assiut, Egypt) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker living in Basel and Cairo. His varied artistic practice encompasses film, photography, installation, slide projection and works of paper. Magdy’s work reflects upon how we deal with the present social and economic climate in a pragmatic and humanistic way, mixing sumptuous 16mm film imagery with ambient and melancholic soundscapes. Magdy provides an innovative narration of his own personal experiences and frank observations while evaluating the political histories of his nation.

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