Sherin Guirguis in conversation with Kulpat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture
Saturday, October 24th, 2-4pm, Shulamit Nazarian Los Angeles, http://www.shulamitnazarian.com
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.