Basim Magdy

°1977, Cairo (EG) – lives and works in Basel (CH) and Cairo (EG)

Basim Magdy’s films, photographs and paintings stage liminal spaces that make problematic the rigid structures of historical representations. Rather than a nostalgic gazing back in time, Magdy’s works propose a reassessment of our possible futures through a questioning of established readings of the past.

By underlining our daily conscious or unconscious forms engagement with historical discourses, his work points out our participation in the construction of collective readings of the past and projections for the future, therefore signaling our ability to participate in the shaping of the present.

(courtesy of The Green Parrot)

Basim Magdy has had solo exhibitions at venues such as MAXXI, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC, Bordeaux and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Z33 Hasselt; The Green Parrot, Barcelona; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Roubaix; and participated in group exhibitions at, among others, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; National Gallery, Prague; and MoMA, New York.

He was also part of international exhibitions such as Surround Audience: 2015 New Museum Triennial, New York; the 13th Istanbul Biennial; the Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE,; La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Magdy was shortlisted for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre in 2012 and is the winner of Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen in 2014. Magdy is also the recipient of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award.

Basim Magdy is represented by the following galleries;
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Gypsum Gallery, Cairo

hunt kaster, Prague  

artSümer, Istanbul  

You can also see more work of Basim Magdy on his own site.

Basim Magdy
Basim Magdy (Photo by Danielle Kuechler Flores)

works by Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy - One Eye was a Diamond, the Other was a Crystal Ball. Everyone Saw the Future in her Eyes - 2019

Basim Magdy

One Eye was a Diamond, the Other was a Crystal Ball. Everyone Saw the Future in her Eyes

Basim Magdy - Cassowarius Rex - 2015

Basim Magdy

Cassowarius Rex


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