17 - 23 February 2000
Issue No. 469
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
Around the galleries
IN HIS last one man show Esmat Dawestashi showed some one hundred works that appeared to be a culmination of the path he first began to tread in the 1960s, from which date his first attempts to mix ethnic motifs with folkloric symbols and present-day imagery. Dawestashi has long been supplying his own version of the Egyptian, specifically Alexandrine, story, with a rich variety of sub-plots gleaned from traditions extending beyond the initial ethnic locus. The impression of quasi-spiritual awe that he inspires upon his audience can be appreciated at the Mashrabiya Gallery where he is participating in a widely acclaimed collective exhibition that continues till 2 March.
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