Friday,16 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)
Friday,16 November, 2018
Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Ashraf Raslan

Ashraf Raslan
Ashraf Raslan

Cordoba gallery presents the 2018 collection by painter Ashraf Raslan, entitled “A Log Book: Diaries”.  

“Drawing books, small sheets of paper fall into my hands, or any white surface hanging on a frame faces me defiantly on a daily basis. These are the daily records of my condition and the condition of the homeland and the world through me as a contemporary visual artist,” Raslan wrote of his show. “I have spared myself and my characters the absurdity of contradictions in the details of daily life full of noise, violence and ugliness, in favour of a more expansive and humane world, rejecting the prevailing, corrupt reality. I read the world as photos perfectly made and the ‘word made’ doesn't mean only technique but also the unique formation of the photo elements and to what extent it induces surprise in the audience. It also means the attempt to create a world parallel to our life, more like a utopia in which good people live, their eyes open to questions of surprise and innocence, and perhaps the worried existential question concerning human nature, God, death, life and love…”

“Talking about the figurative work of Raslan, it is similar to the work of some artists of the Italian school of the 1930s known as NOVECCEUTO such as Carlo Acara, Otorozi, Mario Sironi, especially Fletchi Kazarotti… Raslan may not know anything about this school and may not have seen their works, but sometimes the social situation and the ideological conflict and the economic factors are all conditions that make the work of artists in different countries similar without them knowing each other.” So wrote the late artist Hassan Soliman, reviewing Raslan’s paintings. “Personally, I bow to Raslan's efforts and prefer his works to the chaotic mess that has afflicted our art scene. At least he is standing on a solid ground, and if he continues with the same seriousness and more determination, he will be on an equal footing with the most important names in the region.”


The exhibition is on until 27 January   

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