27/02/2017 — 27/02/2017
FILM CLUB: BASIM MAGDY
Basim Magdy 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.
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 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
Time Laughs Back at You Like a Bunker Ship, 2012, Super 8 transferred to HD video, colour, sound,
9 min 31 sec
Basim Magdy (b. 1977, Assiut, Egypt) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker living in Basel and Cairo. His varied artistic practice incompasses film, photography, installation, slide projection and works of paper. Among numerous awards Magdy was the recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2014 and the Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” award in 2016, resulting in his first institutional solo exhibition at the KunstHalle Deutsche Bank, Berlin with further upcoming in 2016 at the CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago curated by Omar Kholeif. Magdy’s recent international group exhibitions include the Third New Museum Triennial, New York (2015), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2015), Biennale de Montreal (2014) and Seoul Mediacity Biennial (2014). Magdy received his bachelor degree in Fine Arts at Helwan University and is represented by Gypsum Gallery in Cairo.
The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys, 2014. Super 16mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 13 min, 22 sec. (commissioned by Art in General, New York in collaboration with HOME, Manchester, UK)