Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy’s practice is grounded in an interest in iconic images and objects outside of explicit historical investigation or political referencing. His work concerns itself with the social implications of such symbols, and how they transform over time and in changing contexts into a mix of legend and bizarre cultural constructions and encounters. Often employing the language and forms of science fiction in his work, Magdy reveals something essential about human nature and desire by presenting worlds where the impossible becomes plausible reality.

Magdy works with different media including drawing, painting, animation, installation, sculpture, printed matter, film and sound. He is particularly interested in creating narrative structures that explore the space between reality and fiction and its influence on science, history, global culture and the dissemination of knowledge.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include ‘When Thought Evades the Great Thinker’, artSümer, Istanbul (2012); ‘One Day We Will Shine Like The Stars’, KÖR, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010); ‘Pray For Me’, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Pisa; ‘Last Good Deed’, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel/Muttenz (2009); 'On a Better Day Than This', Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2008); 'The Common Deceit of Reality', Okay Mountain, Austin (2007); 'In the Grave of Intergalactic Utopia', Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York (2006); 'Dream On', with Marianne Rinderknecht, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2004).

His work was included in screenings and group exhibitions at 21 Shortlisted Artists for the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine; La Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Contemporary Art Center, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy; Newtopia, Mechelen, Belgium; Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Argos Art Center, Brussels; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt; 1st D-O ARK Underground Biennial, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCa), North Adams (2011); 2nd Ateliers de Rennes Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes; DEPO, Istanbul (2010); MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain (2008); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla, Spain, Apexart, New York; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2007); la Caixa Foundation, Barcelona; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao among others. In 2013 his work will be exhibited in the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE; Picha Recontre, Lubumbashi Biennial, Democratic Republic of Congo; IDEA Space, Colorado College, Colorado Springs (solo); Hunt Kastner Artworks, Prague (solo) and Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York (solo).