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Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt. He lives and works in Cairo. Magdy studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University, Cairo, from 1996 to 2000. He took part in numerous international group exhibitions including One Day We Will Shine like the Stars, Kunsthalle Wien, and Recontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris (both 2011), La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (both 2012). 

Basim Magdy has a wide range of work reaching from painting to filmmaking and photography. His work holds the balance between fiction and reality by manipulating the reading of images or disrupting the logical narrative. Magdy uses humour and absurdity as central strategies to develop a critical discourse on how informational systems are used to influence us or create propaganda.

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For the PinchukArtCentre Magdy has created a special site-specific project in a street window of the PinchukArtCentre, reflecting on the function and identity of this public-private space. This work is combined with the ongoing series “with every subtle gesture”, in which Magdy combines a series of images and abstracted sentences exploring the idea of reading and associative thinking through the creation of fictional narratives.