Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings
Exhibition, MCA, Chicago, USA.
Trained as a painter, Egyptian artist Basim Magdy began experimenting with colourful works on paper and canvas before moving into the realm of photography and cinema. In this exhibition, in a process he dubs “pickling”, Magdy applies household chemicals to analogue film and photographic material. The results are sumptuous, spectral photographic visions of landscapes, presented as large-scale prints, slide projections, and film. This survey features new and rarely seen pieces. His works evoke a pop sensibility, in contrast to their grim titles, and speak to our collective ambition for a utopian future and the inherent failure of this human aspiration.