March 2010: Doa Aly Visit: Visiting Arts’ Artist-to-Artist Scheme

Doa Aly, an artist based in Cairo, will be visiting Delta Arts from 8-21 March 2010, thanks to Visiting Arts’ Artist to Artist Scheme. We are planning some studio time and a short series of exploratory meetings and events in London, Portsmouth, and at Wysing Arts Centre near Cambridge.

Her moving image work, ’The Girl Splendid in Walking’ was premiered in 2009 at the 11th Istanbul Biennial in 2009 and is currently on show as part of her solo exhibitions of the same name at Darat Al-Funun in Amman and the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. Doa Aly (b. 1976) obtained her BA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 2001, and has since participated in many international group exhibitions.

Doa Aly is interested in society’s economy of role-play, the use of different types of behaviour and how these vary depending on different situations and contexts. The shift between the subjective and projected image, as well as the gestures of chosen and prescribed roles is her favourite artistic subject. The artist traces so-called ‘modern misfits’, individuals whose actions and constant struggle for identity lead to an ambiguous, yet productive state. Her video works tend to refer to fictional characters either created by the artist herself or found in literature (Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, Guy de Maupassant, Wilhelm Jensen and Ovid’s metamorphosis).

Supported by Visiting Arts: http://www.visitingarts.org.uk/our_work/artist_to_artist.html

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