5 - 11 August 1999
Issue No. 441
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Around the galleries
A JOINT exhibition of works by Tarek Zaki and Tamer Assem, recently hosted by Al-Hanager, experimented with shape and colour and revealed the complex relations that exist between the colour schemes employed by artists and the subjects they depict.
While both artists used more or less the same colours (tones of brown, blue and grey-scale) the difference in subjects yielded totally different results. While Assem's abstract compositions combine to leave an impression of joie de vivre, Zaki's portraits are rather disturbing. With scattered shreds of landscape in the background, they seem to be torn out of decrepit old walls, worn down by time. Often the human faces depicted occupy most of the space, creating a claustrophobic feeling of constriction.
Reviewed by Nagwa El-Ashri