Monday,27 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1181, (23 - 29 January 2014)
Monday,27 May, 2019
Issue 1181, (23 - 29 January 2014)

Ahram Weekly


"Nostalgic Dreams",isGeorges Bahgory's annual exhibition showcases the artist's latest collection inspired by the current testing times Egypt is witnessing as well as past memories. It is currently on display at AL MASAR gallery in Zamalek. 

Typically Bahgory is always hopeful and his paintings express nostalgia for the past.

The celebrated artist in this exhibition enjoys the simple beauty of this country as he glorifies some personalities such as the humble bread seller on the street as he dedicates this exhibition to real Egyptian heroes.
"I sit in a downtown cafe in Cairo painting these difficult yet hopeful times. I paint people strolling by on the street, a man with his wife and kids and I paint the worker passing by. I closely watch their facial expressions while they play cards and the backgammon. I paint these difficult times and at times I happily paint people’s smiles, humour and the sounds of their laughter as they sit at the café," Bahgory explained.  
"I have a fond memory of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser as I used to draw his caricature on the cover of Rose Al Youssef magazine in my twenties. Now, there’s a new hero named Abdel Fattah Al Sisi who reminds me of Nasser’s legacy. However, the hero of this exhibition remains the simple man selling the bread loaves on the street," he added. Through a visual reading of his paintings as they mirror the eternity of the past, the hopes of the present and future, the words in his paintings are represented in one line moving across the painting creating a passionate language. The exhibition ends 23 February.









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