DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Mohamed Shoukry


The City The Ghost : video installation, 300 x 300 x 300 cm, 2013, Courtesy of the artist.

A few days after Tunisia, Egypt became the country that would set the precedent for the future of the entire region. The uprisings of January 25, 2011 transformed the country, its image, its habits, and maybe even its sounds. The City The Ghost is an installation that “replays”, as one plays a musical score, the sounds of the city related to medieval times, the old city of Cairo, and to the most contemporary political transformations.
The installation creates a virtual landscape, based on 25 speakers, which ends with an image of a fragmented minaret.
Placed in a darkened environment, the image of the minaret takes on an intended sense of sacredness and reminds us that Cairo is known as the city of a thousand minarets, a symbol of its affiliation with the Islamic world. Once this first effect fades, the installation reveals itself as more complex, more critical. The initial unity is interrupted by a soundtrack written as a journey between the ambiguous realities of contemporary Egypt and the nostalgic memory that the city hold onto its historic past. The “composition” of Mohamed Shoukry starts with the distinctive sound of the streets of Cairo with their concert of car horns and ends with the distant sound, a drip of water takes us gradually into silence. Between these two extremes, we will also encounter intermittent human voices sometimes coming from Cairo, sometimes coming from elegies. In a permanent back-and-forth between a recorded reality and a produced music, The City The Ghost makes Egyptian society face its ghosts, its demons.

Mohamed Shoukry is a contemporary artist. Born in cairo, Egypt 1976, he holds a PHD in “Video Sculpture” from faculty of applied arts. He exhibited in various international art galleries including F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign, Switzerland; Kunstverien, Germany; Open City Exhibition, Italy; Artist Village Exhibition, Taiwan; Haslla museum, South Korea. Also he participated regularly in most of the national art events since 1996 and was awarded several times such as third prize salon of youth and first prize in “Talaa exhibition” three consecutive years. Shoukry also granted artist in residence program from Triangle Trust in 2004 and from Prohelvetia 2011. He held also several workshops in Goethe institute Cairo. Shoukry work is in public and private collections including Haslla museum, Gangnueung, South Korea and The The Contemporary Art Musseum, Cairo, Egypt. His works has been featured in several publications including, Egypt Today, Al Bait Magazine, Papyrous Magazine.

View online : www.mohamedshoukry.com