Friday,26 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1396, (31 May - 6 June 2018)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1396, (31 May - 6 June 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Qarboush: echoes of Naguib Mahfouz

“Qarboush: echoes of Naguib Mahfouz” is the latest by Qarm Qart currently showing at Mashrabia Gallery's Main Hall in Champollion Street, Downtown.

In this body of work Qarm Qart takes inspiration from Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy to reinterpret the traditional felt headdress, the tarboosh. His restyled red fezs feature unusual embroidery designs and embedded small objects. Hanging from the ceiling, they make up an installation that revives a renowned icon of Egyptian culture through a contemporary aesthetic.  

Qarm Qart enacts a profound reading of Mahfouz.

In the stunning modernity of Mahfouz’s book with its sweeping grandeur and evocative detail, Qart sees contemporary Egypt. His creative works on the tarboosh offers multiple layers of meaning in the interpretation of Egyptian pasts and presents. The tarboosh as male headgear is now an historical relic. But what about its symbolic force of national and patriarchal privilege? The artist makes us wonder about whether this privilege has gone with the tarboosh itself as he ushers us into disquieting yet intriguing spaces. Disruptions and continuities haunt the pinpricks of his Qarboush.

The exhibition will remain on view until 21 June.

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