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.


Categories: exhibitions, artist talk

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.



Categories: exhibitions, artist talk