Monday,25 March, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1425, (10 - 16 January 2019)
Monday,25 March, 2019
Issue 1425, (10 - 16 January 2019)

Ahram Weekly

Museum of Gypsum

Museum of Gypsum
Museum of Gypsum

Hany Rashed has surprised the audience with a new body of work entitled “Museum of Gypsum”, currently on show at the Mashrabia gallery.   

The gallery turns into a museum where objects made of coloured gypsum allow the public to think and view daily and street life in a different mood. 

The artist approaches the subject matter of his artistic practice with a childish perspective bordering naivety. He has developed this technique in order to simplify complex issues and to make sense of the surrounding, illogical reality including daily incidents and people's reactions to them.

For Rashed, cars – his favourite toys as a child – are the best representation of the variety of individuals within society, ranging widely in models, shapes, colours, age and value. However, eschewing the durability of cars, Rashed uses gypsum, a material associated with fragility, to depict mortality and vulnerability.

In “Museum of Gypsum”, Rashed surveys the models of cars on Egyptian streets from the 1960s to the present. The works on show, including stand-alone sculptures and installations, capture the daily traffic congestion of Cairo, concurrently portraying Rashed’s projections of a destiny that now seems inevitable.


The exhibition is on until 10 January  

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