Past Exhibition / Sherin Guirguis

Passages//Toroq

October 30 - December 5, 2013

  • SG_Untitled -(Bab -Huda )_2013_Mixed -media -on -hand -cut -paper _274.32x 182.88cm

    Sherin Guirguis, Untitled (Bab Huda) - detail, 2013, Mixed Media on hand cut paper, 274.32 x 182.88 cm

  • SG_Untitled (Bab Huda )_2013_Mixed Media On Hand Cut Paper _274.32x 182.88cm

    Sherin Guirguis, Untitled (Bab Huda), 2013, Mixed Media on hand cut paper, 274.32 x 182.88 cm

  • SG_Untitled -(Bab -El -Hadeed )_2013_Mixed -media -on -hand -cut -paper _274.32x 182.88cm

  • SG_Untitled -(Lahzet -Zaman )_2013_Mixed -media -on -hand -cut -paper _274.32x 182.88cm

  • SG_Untitled (Shubback -II)_2013_Mixed -media -on -hand -cut -paper _182.88x 73.66cm

  • SG_Untitled -(Shubback -III)_2013_Mixed -media -on -and -cut -paper _182.88x 73.66cm

  • SG_Untitled -(Shubback -V)_2013_Mixed -media -on -hand -cut -paper _182.88x 73.66cm

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View1

    Sherin Guirguis, Passages//Toroq, installation view

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View

    Sherin Guirguis, Qasr El Shoaq, installation view

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View2

    Sherin Guirguis, El Sokareya, installation view

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View3

    Sherin Guirguis, El Sokareya, installation view

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View5

    Sherin Guirguis, Passages//Toroq, installation view

  • Sherin Guirguis -Installation View4

    Sherin Guirguis, Passages//Toroq, installation view

  • SG,-El -Sokareya ,-2012

    Sherin Guirguis, El Sokareya (Detail), 2012, Plywood, 213.36 x 213.36 x 223.52 cm

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Sherin Guirguis - Passages//Toroq

The Third Line is pleased to present Sherin Guirguis’ first solo show in the region. Sherin investigates post-colonial themes of political, cultural and social dogma and feminist activism within the framework of the Egyptian diaspora, both in the public and private spheres. Delving deep into the building blocks of culture and identity, specifically from the approach of a diaspora artist, she presents her interpretation of what it means to be defined by the transformative events of the moment.

For Passages//Toroq, Sherin presents works in two parallel series that address concerns of identity formation, highlighted predominantly in the wake of the mercurial Arab Springs. The title of the exhibition refers to both the literary and historical passages that are quoted in the work as well as the social passageways, or toroq, forged by the revolution. Crucial to its people, the revolution defies the political, social and cultural standards that have been imposed by and grown out of colonization. Sherin references historical developments in Egypt in order to have a clearer insight to the present.

As an Arab-American artist, and part of the Egyptian Diaspora for more than two decades, Sherin’s art practice has involved studying important works of Egyptian literature, music, poetry, design and architecture of the past to be able to contribute to this discourse in the present. She has developed a unique style by selecting decorative and ornamental elements from these sources and shaping a critique through associative juxtapositions. By invoking many meanings of Egyptian identities – for example, one man, one woman; one writer, one activist; one work of fiction and one biography – the artist defines the apparent contradictions of cultural identity, and at the same time, points to the similarities of diasporic life that have now become the norm for many Arab artists.

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