Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC - 2011
Captured by the momentum of the first wave of the revolution, young artists started calling for a total reform of the cultural scene in Egypt. A call that mixed revolutionary euphoria with loud disenchantment, a call to degrade and destruct all what has been.
As Director of the Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC, and in collaboration with Curator Ehab El Labban, with a conscious mind of reserving decades of heritage, “Still Valid” was incepted as an initiative to showcase a collective of art works and projects by high profile Egyptian artists, some of which could be described as milestones in the Egyptian contemporary art scene.
Still Valid -in the curators words- attained the same concept of bringing to focus the diversity of creative practices that exist today in Egypt. The invited artists represent the complexity of process of a trans-generational selection, from the established to the newly emerging states. Each artist addresses local issues in a personal language that is also eligible to international audience. The praxis of each artist delves into sophisticated yet accessible concepts.
Adam Henein, Adel El Siwi, Amal Kenawy, Armen Agoup, Essam Maarouf,Hany Rashed, Haytham Nawar, Hazem El Mestikawy, Karim Al Qurity, Marwa Adel, Mohamed Radwan, Nagy Fareed, Sabah Naim, and Sobhy Geurgeus.