Past Exhibition / Youssef Nabil

Time of Transformation

April 24 - June 12, 2013

  • YN_The Last Dance (I)_ Denver 2012_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _26x 39cm -each (12prints )_650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance #I, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 26 x 39 cm each (12 prints)

  • Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance # 1, Denver 2012, (detail)

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance # I, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print (Detail)

  • YN_The Last Dance (II)_Denver 2012_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _26x 39cm -each (12prints )_650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance #II, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 26 x 39 cm each (12 prints)

  • The Last Dance (II) 2 - Denver 2012-650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance #II, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print (Detail)

  • YN_The Last Dance (III)  _Denver 2012_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _26x 39cm -each (12prints )_650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance #III, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 26 x 39 cm each (12 prints)

  • The Last Dance (III) 3 - Denver 2012-650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance #III, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print (Detail)

  • YN_The Last Dance (IV)  _Denver 2012_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _26x 39cm -each (12prints )_650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance # IV, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 26 x 39 cm each (12 prints)

  • The Last Dance (IV) 2 - Denver 2012-650

    Youssef Nabil, The Last Dance # IV, Denver 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print (Detail)

  • Transformation (I), Marina Abramovic -New York _2011_7Prints Each 26x 39cm _edition Of 5

    Youssef Nabil, Transformation (I), Marina Abramovic, New York, 2011, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 7 Prints Each 26x 39cm

  • YN_Youssef -Nabil _Transformation -#I_Marina -Abramović ---New -York -2011_detail _Hand -colored -gelatin -silver -print _26x 39cm -each -(7-prints)

    Youssef Nabil, Transformation (I), Marina Abramovic, New York, 2011, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 7 Prints Each 26x 39cm (Detail)

  • Transformation (II), Isabelle Huppert -Paris 2012_7Prints Each 26x 39cm _edition Of 5

    Youssef Nabil, Transformation (II), Isabelle Huppert -Paris 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 7 Prints Each 26x 39cm

  • Transformation (II), Isabelle Huppert 2 - Paris 2012-650

    Youssef Nabil, Transformation (II), Isabelle Huppert -Paris 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 7 Prints Each 26x 39cm (Detail)

  • YN_Alicia Keys _New York 2010_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Alicia Keys - New York 2010, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 50 x 75 cm

  • YN_Catherine Deneuve _Paris 2010_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Catherine Deneuve - Paris 2010, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 50 x 75 cm

  • YN_Charlotte Rampling _Paris 2011_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Charlotte Rampling - Paris 2011, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 50 x 75 cm

  • YN_Isabella Rossellini _Paris 2011_Hand Coloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Isabella Rossellini, Paris 2011, Hand colored gelatin silver print

  • YN_Isabelle Huppert _Paris 2012_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Isabelle Huppert, Paris, 2012, Hand colored gelatin silver print

  • YN_Anouk Aimee _Paris 2011_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Anouk Aimee, Paris 2011, Hand colored gelatin silver print

  • YN_Marina Abramovic _New York 2011_Handcoloredgelatinsilverprint _50x 75cm _650

    Youssef Nabil, Marina Abramovic, New York, 2011 , Hand colored gelatin silver print

  • YN_Time -of -Transformation _Installation -view4

    Youssef Nabil, Time of Transformation, 2013, Installation view

  • YN_Time -of -Transformation _Installation -view3

    Youssef Nabil, Time of Transformation, 2013, Installation view

  • YN_Time -of -Transformation _Installation -view

    Youssef Nabil, Time of Transformation, 2013, Installation view

  • YN_Time -of -Transformation _You -Never -Left _Installation -view5

    Youssef Nabil, You Never Left (film), Installation view

Images

Youssef Nabil - Time of Transformation

The Third Line is pleased to present internationally acclaimed artist Youssef Nabil’s fourth solo show in Dubai, which premieres the New York based Egyptian artist’s latest body of work. Working with his characteristic technique of hand painted silver gelatin photographs, Nabil introduces us to three new series that reflect upon the clash of archetypes that define the state of his present day home country. 

This new body of work explores notions of transition and change as Nabil reflects upon an Egypt that is rapidly transforming and acquiring new ideals that he is unfamiliar with. An alien disconnect that has much more to do with the changing landscape than his physical absence, Nabil presents ephemeral imagery that he feels will soon be lost forever.

The Veiled Women series features women from the fields of art, music and cinema, all adorning the Mediterranean veil. In these portraits, Nabil ruminates about meanings associated with the veil now and how it was once worn in the Mediterranean cultures. By reincarnating the idea of the veil he loved, Nabil provides an allegory that is in sharp contrast to its connotation in the present day. The portraits echo a loss of innocence and the assimilation of new ideals that delineate between sex and religion.

In The Last Dance series, change is explored through the medium of dance. Multiple images of belly dancers caught in whirling movements make up a kaleidoscopic visual frenzy. While the images are sensual in nature, it is the association of the ‘sexual’ with this art form that is now threatening its survival in Egypt. The slow disappearance of these belly dancers is significant of a new cultural identity that is following political shifts in the Egyptian mindsets.

The Transformation panels look at the subtle change in the subject through seven stages. Almost staged as dramatic renditions of reactionary expressions, the work addresses how the artist is personally grappling with, and responding to, the transformations that are taking place within him.