Current Exhibition / Fouad Elkoury

Suite Egyptienne

April 13 - May 16, 2017

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne series, 2017, Installation View

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation View

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne series, 2017, Installation View

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation View

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne series, 2017, Installation View

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation View

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne series, 2017, Installation View

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation View

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation view

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation view

  • Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne series, 2017, Installation view

    Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptienne, 2017, Installation view

  • Fouad Elkoury, Cheval Et Pyramide, 1985, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 40 x 60 cm

    Fouad Elkoury, Cheval Et Pyramide, 1985, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 40 x 60 cm

  • Fouad Elkoury, Kasr El Nil, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Fouad Elkoury, Kasr El Nil, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Fouad Elkoury, Kuchuk Hanem, 1990, Ink-jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

    Fouad Elkoury, Kuchuk Hanem, 1990, Ink-jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Beit Suheimi, Nada, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Beit Suheimi, Nada, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Bibendum, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 40 x 60 cm

    Found Elkoury, Bibendum, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 40 x 60 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Fichawi, 1988, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Fichawi, 1988, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Gare Ramses, 1985, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Gare Ramses, 1985, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Gourna, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Gourna, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Kuchuk Hanem, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Kuchuk Hanem, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Mout Bestiaire, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Mout Bestiaire, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Nada Entree Immeuble, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Nada Entree Immeuble, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 72 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Oum Koulthum, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Oum Koulthum, 1990, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Place Tahrir, 1988, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Place Tahrir, 1988, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Plateau La Nuit, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Plateau La Nuit, 1987, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Rue Et Mannequin, 1994, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Rue Et Mannequin, 1994, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Table Et Portraits, 1994, Ink -jet Print On Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Tabouret Alex, 1994, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

    Found Elkoury, Tabouret Alex, 1994, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 60 x 90 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

    Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

    Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

    Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

    Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

  • Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

    Found Elkoury, Untitled, Ink -jet Print on Baryta Paper, 100 x 150 cm

Images

The Third Line is pleased to present Fouad Elkoury’s fourth solo exhibition in Dubai Suite Egyptienne, an account of the artist’s photographic travels through Egypt starting in the late 80’s. Using Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp as guides, Fouad followed their footsteps along the Nile valley nearly 150 years later. The gallery will exhibit the complete series of Suite Egyptienne, including photographs that have never been shown before.

In 1849, Gustave Flaubert and his friend Maxime du Camp embarked on a journey through Egypt commissioned by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce and the Académie des Instructions in Paris respectively. Emblem of the East to the French Bourgeoisie, both were asked to report on ‘the Orient’ which subsequently became central to Flaubert’s writings.

A symbol of Flaubert’s romance with the East was his encounter with Kuchuk Hanem, the famed courtesan from Esna which unexpectedly imposed poetry and romance on the writer’s study of Egypt. Considered by Fouad Elkoury the subject of some of Flaubert’s most beautiful pages, she returns in his Suite Egyptienne. Whilst in pursuit of Flaubert and Du Camp’s voyage, accompanied by his then wife, Nada, a subconscious overlap of narratives was created. Kuchuk Hanem, 1990, picturing Nada on a sofa playfully hiding her face behind a fan, is Fouad’s reading of Flaubert’s encounter. Nada became the protagonist in Fouad’s depiction of Egypt, transforming the 150-year-old Orientalist narrative into a personal fiction.

Fouad’s work evokes a sense of nostalgia for the era of Flaubert’s romanticism, while also making us reminisce the Egypt of 1989. Suite Egyptienne is an intimate series of photos, a sequence of over 80 images taken a quarter century ago, showing the ephemeral and layered qualities of history. 

E-catalogue - with essay by Dr. Kathryn Brown