Basim Magdy (1977, Assiut, Egypt) has created a multifaceted oeuvre in recent years encompassing film, photography, slide projections, installations, and works on paper. At the center of all of his works are structures of seeing, remembering, and archiving. Many of Magdy’s works, which are based on observations of reality, are akin to surreal tales full of cryptic humor. With paintings and assemblies boasting psychedelic-looking colors, the artist investigates collective utopias and formulates his doubts in dogmas and ideologies. At the same time, he appeals to the viewer’s imagination, revealing alternative realities and social blueprints.
The evenings screening will include the following short films:
The Dent, 2014
Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship, 2012
No Shooting Stars, 2016
13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, 2011
Following Magdy’s films will be a short selection of related works created by faculty, fellows and students at MIT.
Rounding out the evening will be a conversation with the artist and Miriam Simun, Artist and Research Assistant at the MIT Media Lab.
Curated and presented by GSC (MIT Graduate Student Council) sponsored groups REEL FUTURES and MUTUAL PICTURES.
All programs are free and open to the general public. RSVPs are required. To RSVP click here.
6:30pm Film Program Screening Begins
About the artist:
Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt, and lives and works between Basel and Cairo. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Arnolfini, Bristol; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, New Museum Triennial, New York; MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial; 13th Istanbul Biennial; Sharjah Biennial 11; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York, La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev (2012) and won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014) and the Experimental Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (2015). He was selected Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016). His films were the subject of special screening programs at Tate Modern, International Film Festival Rotterdam, ICA London among many others.
For more information, contact:
Emily A. Garner