Adel El Siwi

TABARI ARTSPACE Gallery Proudly Presents Adel El Siwi’s Solo Exhibition.March 2017- TABARI ARTSPACE Dubai is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing a solo show of works by prominent Egyptian artist, Adel El Siwi, on March 13, 2017. The exhibition will feature pieces from his latest exhibition titled The Face and Beyond.

Adel El Siwi (b. 1952, Behera, Egypt) studied medicine at Cairo University between 1970 and 1976, however simultaneously indulged in independent study at the Faculty of Fine Arts between 1974-5. In 1980, he relocated to Milan, Italy, where he lived and worked for a decade before moving back to Cairo where he currently lives and works.

Siwi has participated in the Cairo Biennale (1996, 2008), the Sharjah Biennial (1997), and the Venice Biennale (2009). His work has been included in a number of group exhibitions, uncluding: Rencontres Africaines, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (1994); Modernities and Memories, Venice Biennale, (1997); Transafrican Art, Orlando Museum, Miami, (2000); Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, (organized by the British Museum), Dubai (2008); Oum Kalsoum: La quatrième pyramide, IMA, Paris (2008); ItaliaArabia, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2008).

Siwi was invited by “Le Laboratoire: Sculpture Urbaine” to project his work onto historical buildings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1996), Grenoble, France (2000), Alger, Algeria, (2003).

In addition to his career as a visual artist, Siwi has translated numerous art historical texts into Arabic by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Paul Klee.

In The Face and Beyond, Siwi is re-visiting his signature face as well as incorporating the figure as the central issue, using this composition as a field or a space that contains its own visual narrative within. The viewer is invited to look into the works and see the face and figure, or go even further beyond and look at the works as a starting point of where things happen.

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Launched in May 2003 at the Fairmont Dubai, TABARI ARTSPACE invited Dubai and the region to acquaint themselves with Contemporary Middle Eastern Art. Having dedicated the past five years to promoting and establishing Contemporary Middle Eastern artists in the region, Tabari Artspace Gallery now boasts a portfolio of over 20 artists, and is located in the art district at The Gate Village, DIFC.


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