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Fathi Hassan: Hemsat [Whispers]
14 January @ 6.00 pm - 9.00 pmFree
Fathi Hassan’s debut solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi comprises an anthological selection of never-before-exhibited pictorial and text-based works tracing the 40-year career of the Egyptian artist.
Hassan’s dream-like stories explore issues of migration, memory, cultural belonging and loss. The title, recalling the breeze of the desert, evokes an environment where everything moves and changes continuously. Hassan focuses on the interaction between spoken and written language; single letters, words and entire sentences are repeated to form captivating yet illegible ‘texts’ that draw from Arabic calligraphy and abstract and figurative designs and symbols, allowing for shifting meaning and multiple interpretations of the words and invented graphic signs.
Hemsat brings together more than one hundred paintings and drawings, exploring the space between graphic symbolism and literal meaning. Diverse in style, their sizes span from postcard to large sheets. The selection is not exhaustive, instead focused as thematic groups that highlight certain aspects, while linking them all into a wider dialogue, a tale that seems to expand beyond the frame, which passes from work to work.
Above: Fathi Hassan, Head, 2011