Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love at The Craft and Folk Art Museum

Posted on August 20, 2018

Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love

September 30, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA






The first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles of the Egyptian-born, L.A.-based artist at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Known for her investigations into cultural identity and lost feminist histories, this new body of work represents her focused exploration of Egyptian feminist activist and poet Doria Shafik (1908-1975). Shafik was instrumental in securing political rights for women in Egypt, but her legacy has been suppressed by generations of Egyptian leadership. For this exhibition, Guirguis presents paper-cut paintings, sculptures, and a site-specific adobe structure inspired by Shafiks activim and poetry. In this way, Shafik may reclaim her place in history, in collective memory, and in the physical sites she occupied during her life.  

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Art Dubai Portraits

Posted on December 30, 2017

Click below to see a short film on my work produced bt Art Dubai while I was in residence at !8th Street Art Center.

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Saturday May 13, 5-7pm, Launch of Artist Lab :Sherin Guirguis

Posted on May 11, 2017



Sherin Guirguis: My Place Is The Placeless

Artist Lab Residency & Exhibition
April 24 – June 30, 2017
18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery
Gallery hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Los Angeles-based Egyptian artist Sherin Guirguis uses painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore the hidden histories of places and communities. In her works, the political and social content is inseparable from formal and material considerations. In her Artist Lab residency and exhibition, she will create an environment for investigations into the intersections of art and activism through the explorations of materials made from the earth’s elements, including pigment, paper, soil, and water. Guirguis seeks to address problems of displacement, environmental destruction, and cultural and historical memory loss through conversations with local artists engaged in political activism, and through workshops with local Santa Monica youth and adult participants. For more about the artist, visit here.

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One I Call // Desert X Biennial February 25 - April 30, 2017, Palm Springs, CA

Posted on January 29, 2017

From Feb 25 through April 30, 2017, the Coachella Valley and its desert landscape will become the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies, from Tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf. The art works, in various indoor and outdoor locations, will be available free and will offer visitors a way to see the Valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artists' creativity and work. 

One I Call is a site-specific sculpture that reflects on the complex web of narratives surrounding deserts and desert communities. The piece is modeled after traditional pigeon towers found throughout the desert villages of Egypt.  The practice of homing pigeons spans multiple traditions, illustrating a narrative of migration across space and time. The piece stands at once as a beacon, a sanctuary and a memorial for the people and communities of the desert who's histories are often dismissed or marginalized.  The piece address concerns of cultural agency, environmental protection and displacement at stake in the Coachella Valley and many similar desert communities across the world.


Preparing the site at Whitewater Preserve. Photo Credit: Jack Thompson



Scouting the site at Whitewater Preserve



Soil tests


Click here or more information about the Desert X Biennial 2017 

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L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists at LACMA

Posted on October 13, 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Presents:
L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists
BCAM, Level 3
October 30, 2016–April 2, 2017

Opening Reception:  Wednesday, October 26, 7pm Resnick Pavillion
Since LACMA’s establishment, living artists have played an instrumental role in understanding the museum’s encyclopedic collection through a contemporary lens. L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists features a selection of works that were given to the museum for its 50th anniversary, as part of a campaign led by artist Catherine Opie. The exhibition features additions to the collection by Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Larry Bell, Tacita Dean, Sam Durant, Ken Gonzales-Day, Mark Hagen, Friedrich Kunath, Charles Gaines, Glenn Kaino, Diana Thater, Sterling Ruby, James Welling, Brenna Youngblood, and Mario Ybarra, Jr. This exhibition marks the culmination of LACMA’s 50th anniversary year, one that began with historic gifts to the museum represented in 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary.

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The Ease of Fiction at CAAM Los Angeles

Posted on October 13, 2016
California African American Museum presents:
The Ease of Fiction
October 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In The Ease of Fiction, works by four contemporary African artists living in the United States serve as a foundation for a critical discussion about history, fact, and fiction. Recent paintings, drawings, and sculptural works by ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Nigeria), Duhirwe Rushemeza (b. 1977, Rwanda), Sherin Guirguis (b. 1974, Egypt), and Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana) explore power, memory, personal agency, and play.

The exhibition’s title evokes the idea that people are often more comfortable accepting or believing what is told to them by those in power, rather than challenging and investigating the authenticity of information presented as historical fact. Interweaving their personal experiences and memories into broader historical contexts, these artists create works that are in strident opposition to passive acceptance. The artists' cultural backgrounds and geographic diversity offer a provocative examination of varied perspectives of the truth. Although these artists are from four different African countries their work addresses universal issues that are relevant across all borders.

In Conversation: The Ease of Fiction
Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Art + Practice, 4339 S. Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles

This special edition of In Conversation takes place at Art + Practice in
Leimert Park and brings together artists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Meleko
Mokgosi, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and Sherin Guirguis with exhibition
curator Dexter Wimberly on the occasion of the opening of The Ease of
Fiction. Through a conversation about the exhibition’s themes and the
artists’ works the panelists will uncover shared trajectories among their
diverse practices.


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LACMA: Islamic Art Now, Part 2 - January 24, 2016

Posted on November 25, 2015

Islamic Art Now, Part 2 

Ahmanson Building, floor 4
January 24, 2016–ongoing

In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. 

Ten years ago, LACMA began to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lie in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now, a two-part exhibition, marks the first major installations of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

As the second of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 29 works by artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, including Shoja Azari, Lulwah Al Homoud, Burhan Doǧançay, Fereydoun Ave, Shirin Guirguis, Newsha Tavakolian, Shadi Ghadirian, Hassan Hajjaj, Ahmed Mater, and Faig Ahmed, among others.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Untitled (Shubbak II)

Egypt, 2013
Mixed media on hand-cut paper
Sheet: 70 × 30 in. (177.8 × 76.2 cm) Frame: 79 × 37 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (200.66 × 94.62 × 6.35 cm)


Art Ltd Artist Profile: Sherin Guirguis

Posted on November 21, 2015

Artist Profile: Sherin Guirguis in Art Ltd


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In Conversation with Kulpat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture

Posted on October 23, 2015

Sherin Guirguis in conversation with Kulpat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture

Saturday, October 24th, 2-4pm, Shulamit Nazarian Los Angeles,

The final part in a three part series of works entitled El Biet El Kabeer—was inspired by water vessels, or Ollal, found in many older or traditional Egyptian households in the southern parts of the country. In Guiguis’ work Arabic ornamentation and geometric patterns are are laser cut into aluminum panels, then mounted upon wood cores. These objects reference the shapes of the Ollal, yet they are clearly not functional as such. The Guirguis family home in Luxor, Egypt, the last remaining physical connection to a homeland for the artist, was demolished in 2007, an event that triggered the ideas that led to this body of work. The sculptures are symbols and physical repositories for ephemeral memories and lost places. Guirguis’ unique emigrant experience is a personal story that fits into the larger historical context as a compelling and very human case study.



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El Biet El Kabeer

Posted on August 27, 2015


We Must Risk Delight, La Biennale De Venezia

Posted on April 23, 2015



"We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles" is an exhibition that presents a group of exceptional contemporary Los Angeles artists whose work makes Los Angeles one of the most exciting hubs of creativity in the world today. 
"We Must Risk Delight" is curated by Elizabeta Betinski and inspired by the poem "A Brief for the Defense" by a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist, Jack Gilbert. In his viscerally visual poem, Gilbert calls on humanity to recognize every moment of delight even in the most ominous of impressions. By slicing through the somber depictions of the world we live in with sharp and vibrant moments of joy, the poet presents an irrefutable case for our happiness as being our most requisite expression of freedom, not in spite of the cruelty that is a part of our world, but because of it. 
A work of art represents the artist’s vision of the world and, when embraced, it can be seen as a way of making a world. The artists presented in "We Must Risk Delight" will give the audiences of la Biennale di Venezia 2015 an opportunity to discover the city of Los Angeles through the kaleidoscope of its creative community, while also encouraging us all to risk delight and celebrate the act of creating as humanity’s pathway to joy: both within ourselves and in the collective world around us.

Exhibition on view: May 9 - November 22, 2015
Opening Party: May 7 @ 7pm
Venue: Magazzino del Sale No. 3, via Dorsoduro 264, Venezia 30123, Italy.


Brandy Eve Allen Photography
Tanya Batura
Jamison Carter
Carolyn Castaño
Robbie Conal
Kenturah Davis
Amir H Fallah
Alexandra Grant
Margaret Griffith
Sherin Guirguis
Ben Jackel
Rebecca Niederlander
Orlovski Stas
Nataša Prosenc Stearns
Tony de los Reyes
Frank Ryan
Shizu Saldamando
Carole Silverstein
Alexis Zoto

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No Such Place

Posted on January 02, 2015

So excited to announce my participation in this exhibition at Neham Gallery, NYC openning Februrary 26th.


E D W A R D  T Y L E R  N A H E M  


37 WEST 57 STREET  NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10019-3411  TEL (212) 517-2453  FAX (212) 861-3566





Contemporary African Artists in America

February 26 - April 3, 2015

Opening reception Wednesday, February 26th from 6PM – 8PM.

ruby onyinyechi amanze, Modou Dieng, Brendan Fernandes, Derek Fordjour, Sherin

Guirguis, Vivienne Koorland, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Adejoke

Tugbiyele. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah & Dexter Wimberly

Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art announces No Such Place: Contemporary African Artists in

America curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly, a group exhibition that highlights recent

work by nine contemporary African artists living and working in the United States.

The exhibition’s curators, Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly, seek to initiate a nuanced discussion

about "Africaness" in the context of contemporary culture. By including multi-generational artists from

African countries as varied as Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, they

seek to further debunk the idea of Africa as a singular, monolithic "place". The exhibition highlights

artists who express cultural duality and punctuates the complexities of African identity.

In stating, "There is no such thing as contemporary African art – there is only contemporary art from

Africa,” Bisi Silva, independent curator and founder/director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos,

Nigeria warns against generic geographical descriptions of art from a continent that is so vast and diverse.

Taking a cue from Silva’s significant statement, No Such Place investigates the overlapping signifiers

and great diversity present in these particular artists’ work, providing a space that fosters a broader

dialogue about culture, aesthetics, religion and politics. No Such Place dives into artistic intuition,

exploring how these nine artists process identity and represent their individual points of view.

According to Nahem "There is a new and talented wave of artists emanating from all corners of the rich

cultural tapestry known as Africa. We are excited to share in this exploration of contemporary work from

a small group of artists from the diaspora, whose diversity lends itself to age, gender, roots and

geography. Their new world is ideally one that opens us up to our own concept of the newness of Africa

today. We are excited to provide such a forum and hopefully to be a meeting ground and catalyst for its

growth and dissemination."

Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art is located at 37 West 57th Street, New York. Established in 1985 as a

gallery specializing in American and European Modern, Post‐War, and Contemporary art, the gallery has

built an international reputation for exhibiting important paintings, sculpture, and works on paper over

the past three decades.,

Media Inquiries: J. A. Forde, Company Agenda, 212.358.9516,

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Abu Dhabi Art Beyond

Posted on October 29, 2014

This year, Abu Dhabi Art engages with the city of Abu Dhabi through Beyond, a programme that has grown from presentations of large-scale sculpture at the fair, to presentations of public art in other locations on Saadiyat Island and throughout Abu Dhabi. A wider public will have a chance to experience and enjoy monumental works by Francois Morellet, Subodh Gupta, Mohammed Kazem, Shilpa Gupta, Sahand Hesamiyan and Ai Wei Wei, among others.For more information on the fair:

Bien El Qasrien, 2010 - featured in Abu Dhabi Beyond November 5-8, 2014


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LA Wood Show Opening: Saturday, 10/18 6-9pm

Posted on October 15, 2014


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Untitled (dome) currently on view at OCMA

Posted on October 11, 2014

THE AVANT-GARDE COLLECTION, Orange County Museum of Art

Exhibition through January 4, 2015

 The Avant-Garde Collection traces the museum’s acquisitions highlights across five decades, with a specific focus on the evolving definition of avant-garde during that period. In the 1960s it was cutting-edge to employ imagery from popular culture, and by the 1970s performance and installation were the bywords of innovation. In the 1980s new media and appropriation appeared on everybody’s radar for the first time, while the 1990s in retrospect were all about identity politics and post-colonialism. Due to the pluralist tendencies of the 21st century that make the notion of avant-garde seem quaint, the challenge for artists to produce work that conceals the influence of generations past is more demanding than ever. Drawn entirely from OCMA’s collection, the selection's underlying premise is to combine the retroactive gaze that enables us to determine which artists transcended the avant-garde of their time and which did not, with an historical effort to reconsider works that may have been visible in their heyday but have since slipped from view, there awaiting future scholarly reassessment.




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