Monday, April 05, 2010

Artist Talk

Miniature Existence, 2009

Thursday, April 8, 18:30
Istiklal Str. no:115 Beyoglu

Basim Magdy, artist in residence at Platform Garanti during April, will speak about his practice, upcoming projects and screen his recent video work "Turtles All the Way Down".

Magdy is interested in the space between reality and fiction and how it is systematically filled up by media distributed knowledge. His intention is not to investigate the authenticity of events, but rather, to consider how all of us tend to affiliate certain fictional imaginary with reality. By presenting those characters and events in unfamiliar contexts he tries to trick the viewer and play with their expectations. He uses absurdity as a tool to propose a different understanding of power structures and expose the authoritative practices implemented by the media.

Basim Magdy (1977) is an artist from Egypt. He lives and works in Cairo and Basel. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (BFA Painting) in 2000. He has participated in various group exhibitions including As the land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain (2010); Indefinite Destinations, DEPO, Istanbul (2010), Scratch, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2009); Alive!, LUXE Gallery, New York (2009), Fake, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain (2008), Me Odio Y Quiero Comprar, Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (2007). He has had solo exhibitions in Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland and Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.

İmage: Miniature Existence, 2009