Thursday,19 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1149, 23 - 29 May 2013
Thursday,19 July, 2018
Issue 1149, 23 - 29 May 2013

Ahram Weekly


"Hybrid", is a thrilling exhibition of paintings by the budding talent Shaimaa Sobhicurrently on show at Misrgallery in Zamalek.Mythologies of ancient civilisations prolifically gave birth to animal-human crossbreeds, which were represented in optical symbols and referents. These hybridised creatures guided the ancient mind to come to terms with celestial phenomena. In her new exhibition, Sobhidelved into disturbed realms ­humans metamorphose, temporarily or eternally into animals (Therianthropy). Pursuing her artistic experiment, she introduced animal-human hybrids, which appear to be shedding their human nature, metamorphosing to animal-like representations. Decoding Sobhi's theme of temporary or eternally transformation', the viewer would discover optical elaboration of  'Metamorphoses' by great Roman poet Ovidius Naso (43 BC- AD18). Sobhihas been overwhelmed by her gender identity. She upgraded the idea of metamorphoses to free her creatures from the fetters of grotesque forms. Nor did the artist limit her metamorphosed  bodies to simple optical rendering. According to critic Yasser Mongui, "Sobhi's new exhibition turns an important chapter in her artistic experiment. She first experimented with direct themes, the most popular of which were exhibited in the Youth Salon. In these works, Sobhicame up with half-naked females."In addition to her drawing skills, she has a good knowledge of anatomy. Her unique technique is manifested vividly in lines, which encircle hybridised bodies. Her intersected lines are obfuscated in the colour areas in the background to stress the visual presence of metamorphoses.  Sobhi's new experiment is vividly visible: the erotic message is elaborate. Born in 1984 Dubai, she graduated from Faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts, Graphic Department SixthOctober University 2007. Holds a Master degree from Hochschule Merseburg, University of Applied sciences and Arts, Germany 2012, she is currently working as an instructor at the Facultyof Applied Sciences and Arts, Graphic department at the German University in Cairo. The work in the picture is named "Upside down", acrylic on canvas, 2013. The exhibition continues until 23 May.



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