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.