Past Exhibition / Youssef Nabil
I will go to Paradise
March 12 - April 16, 2009
The third solo exhibition of photographs by artist Youssef Nabil refers to a misplaced nostalgia of a past era. The works are composed of his signature re-appropriation hand colouring technique of black and white photographs.
I will go to Paradise encapsulates loose references to selected moments from the artist’s life. Nabil views his life as a movie and the captured images are certainly cinematic in their compositions and allusions to narrative.
As the title of the exhibition suggests, I will go to Paradise,builds on Nabil’s obsession with and acceptance of death. In these liminal scenes he lingers between worldly realities and serene dreams, loneliness and fame, tinged with sex and death.