CAIRO | until 16.01.20 | Al Masar Gallery | MAN, PLACE AND TIME, a seven Decades Journey – Fatma Arargi

AL MASAR GALLERY requests the honour of your presence at the opening of this important exhibition, which will present 51 of the artist's major works, from her 70 year career.

The exhibition features different bodies of work on: People & life, 1956 aggression, Luxor and Nubia, the working classes, 1967 war, post war and populist surrealism on Man & Universe and walls of time.

This exhibition is the first solo exhibition for the artist in more than thirty years.

Fatma Arargi was born in 1931 in Cairo, Egypt. Arargi graduated from 'The Faculty of Fine Arts' in Cairo, 1951. After three decades, Arargi became the head of the painting department at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria, where she lived. 

Arargi worked on defining the Egyptian identity in art, through a sincere interaction with heritage & the ongoing political, social changes & challenges from the 50's to the 70s & onward. She managed to blend all that with expression, that can be traced in her works through all different styles of drawing and painting, inspired by the essences of Egyptian heritage of all ages & civilisations. She touches base with the rich vernacular heritage of human beings & their world as a core of her works.

Her works inspired by Luxor when she started her residency, can be so clearly identified that it can be described as the key of her post war 'populist surreal & abstract' works.

Gradually, metaphysical abstraction dominated the inspiration of her works in the 70s and 80s, as her vision of the man and his universe became more conceptually abstracted, while she explored many aspects of such relation both philosophically and aesthetically.

Therefore, in her earlier work we see a visible extended practise in many different bodies of work, focused on the life of ordinary people, such as motherhood, family life of peasants, working class and upper class Egyptians.

Expressed through her post war works was a more intense and abstracted search for the Human and his relation to the Universe, earth and Sun, which can be viewed in her later body of works from the early 70s and throughout her career until today.

By looking at an overview of her work, one can trace a continued philosophy, search, exploration and such riddles. Her entire collections innovated in different expressions and compositions, indeed formed her seven decades journey into the aesthetics of art and life.

The artists had exhibited her works at a few solo showss between 1958 and 1989; at the Museum of Modern Art Cairo, Museum of Fine Art Alexandra and Mahmoud Said Museum Alexandria.

As well as some solo and group shows in Rome, Florence, Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow and China, Argargi also represented Egypt at Sao Paolo Biennal in 1985.

Artist Fatma Arargi is currently living and working in Alexandria. Al Masar Gallery for Contemporary Art exclusively represents the artist.


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