The American University in Cairo
Department of the Arts Visual Arts Program 

Please join us for the opening of
In Conversation. A Painting Show
April 7, from 5-8 pm Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC New Cairo 

MASR Research in Modern & Contemporary Art invites you to an exhibition curated by Nadine Atallah, with artworks by Noor Abuarafeh, Nada Elkalaawy, Rania Fouad, Mona Marzouk, Lina Osama, Hend Samir, and Aya Tarek. 

In Conversation. A Painting Show observes ways of using and challenging painting as a medium and a fine art tradition in Egypt today. The exhibition introduces artists who all have their own poetics and plastic language, yet share a thought-provoking approach to the medium, stemming from the combined force of new media, postmodern thought, and painting history. Their work shows the ability of painting to be reinvented as the confluence of photography, cinema, Internet imagery, manual, industrial, and digital processes, implying deep transformations in the ways a picture is conceived, sketched, and realized. 

To complement the scarce theoretical material available, conversations with practicing artists have contributed to informing this exhibition. One of the motivations for these conversations was to place Egyptian reality in confrontation with the global obsession with the end of painting. In the West, the invention of photography, and later, the breach created by minimalism and conceptual art have led to renegotiating the necessity of painting. Painting in Egypt is alive and well, possibly because it is a much more recent tradition, which has developed concomitantly with photography since the 19th century. Hence the question: Is the digital era arousing the revolution in the status and the essence of painting which photography didn’t provoke? 

Opening reception: April 7, @ 5 pm till 8pm, Sharjah Art Gallery , AUC New Cairo. 
Open daily from 9am to 4pm except Fridays, Saturdays and Official Holidays.