27/02/2017 — 27/02/2017

Film Club: Basim Magdy

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.

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.


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.



Film Club


The Grundy has teamed up with the ICA in London as part of a national network to introduce audiences to artists’ film. Each screening will start at 5.30pm with an introduction by artist Chris Paul Daniels, and will be followed by a discussion, questions and refreshments.


The Film Club programme is free but booking is essential. Participants must be aged 18+.