Basim Magdy

Basel, Switzerland
APT Dubai
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  • Egyptian artist, Basim Magdy (b.1977), returns to Jeu de Paume, Paris, this Autumn for its 9th Satellite Programme: No Shooting Stars.

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  • The Museum of Modern Art announced today that, for the 30th anniversary of its “New Photography” exhibition, the annual showcase for emerging photographers will become a biannual affair and include more artists.

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  • Egyptian artist Basim Magdy employs film and photography to address the collective disappointment of failed projections. The artist speaks here about

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  • 10 Opening Exhibitions to Watch

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  • From slide projections, such as Investigating the Color Spectrum of a Post- Apocalyptic Future Landscape, 2013, to an ongoing series of captioned

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  • Art Dubai Projects includes artists and collectives from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, commissioned to create new works that are exhibited throughout the fair. Selected artists are invited to intervene in and comment on the fair, creating new works that engage audiences and interact with the fair environment.

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  • The Abraaj Group Art Prize, now in its sixth year, announced the five winning artists for its 2014 edition. The Abraaj Group Art Prize is awarded

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  • The Abraaj Group Art Prize, which highlights artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, has announced this year’s five winners.

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  • The centerpiece of Basim Magdy’s darkly philosophical meditation on life in Egypt since the Arab Spring is a short video, “My Father Looks

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  • Basim Magdy talks to curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi about growing up in Cairo, becoming an artist, and his transition from painting to film.

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  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a British artist, is the Main Prize Winner of the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. Lynette will receive a 100

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Born in Assiut, Egypt in 1977, lives and works in Basel and Cairo.

Magdy works with different media including drawing, painting, animation, installation, sculpture, video and sound. He is particularly interested in exploring the space between fiction and reality in representation of power in the media and global culture.

His selected exhibitions include Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic, Argos Art Center, Brussels, Belgium and Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2011); Serious Games, War – Media – Art, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt and Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (2011); Rehearsal, Gallery NON, Istanbul, Turkey (2011); No Network, 1st Time Machine Biennial of Contemporary Art D. O. ARK Underground, Sarajevo / Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011); Space. About A Dream, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2011); One Day We Will Shine Like The Stars, KÖR, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010); An Exchange With Sol Lewitt, Mass MOCA - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA and Cabinet Space, New York, USA (2010); The Utopian Airport Lounge, Makan, Amman, Jordan (2010); The Total Fuckin’ Darkness Show!, Appartement, Berlin, Germany (2010); Street and Studio – From Basquiat to Seripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2010); Indefinite Destination, The Red House - Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria and DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey (2010); Ce Qui Vient (That Which Comes), Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale D'art Contemporain, Rennes, France (2010); As The Land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Kingdom of Bahrain (2010); Why Not?, The Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt (2010).

He published two artist books: A Brighter Future Than The Ones We Had Before (2005) and Dream On – with Marianne Rinderknecht (2004). In 2005, he curated 'Threat Zone' at TPS – Triangle Project Space in San Antonio.


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