Tuesday,18 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1148, 16 - 22 may 2013
Tuesday,18 September, 2018
Issue 1148, 16 - 22 may 2013

Ahram Weekly


"Different Dialogue", a miscellaneous exhibition of painting, drawing and sculpture by artists Ahmed Askalany, Al Zaeem Ahmed andRefki Al-Razzaz, is currently on show at Khanalmaghraby gallery in Zamalek. Sculptor Ahmed Askalany is a unique talent who made his name when he represented Egypt at Venice Biennale in 2009. His early sculptures depicting animals such as dogs, elephants, camels and goats were made out of palm fronds. His sculptures are characterised by bizarre dimensions; he carves figures in which the head is double the size of the body, reflecting values of innocence, isolation, frankness and depth: poetic senstivity and sarcasm; for instance, his birds are not really birds but human bodies with the wings of birds, and sometimes he places a bird head on a human body or he fixes a human head onto the body of a mythylogical creature. Hands in a style that recalls photography are connected to the body of a bird, signifying the importance of the hand in life.

Born in Upper Egypt in 1978, Askalani explains that the works now on display were a dream that came true and that the theme of the bird is recurrent in most of his sculptures because it symbolises a youth that never ages, flying with wings spread in the sky. The exhibition is on until 18 May.


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