The exhibition consists of the film The Dent, 2014, commissioned by the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 and presented in Art Dubai in March 2014, a new photographic work commissioned by State of Concept, and the work 'A 240 second analysis for Failure and Hopefulness (With Coke, Vinegar and Other Tear Gas Remedies), 2012'.
In The Dent, Magdy uses Super 16 mm footage shot in Paris, New York, Venice, Prague, Basel, Brussels and other locations, creating a fictional narrative about an unnamed city that might very well refer to Athens. His surrealistic film describes its inhabitants, their dreams and their disappointments as they crave for international fame. They apply to host the Olympics and purchase rare archaeological spectacles, only to find themselves tricked into failing. They try again until they finally accept that fate is their unbeatable enemy. The film seems like an ode to hope but also to the human condition of repeating the same mistakes, presented via Magdy's visual calendar, where we are transferred from a construction site to an aging lonesome elephant with nothing to lose, under the influence of an undefined musical orchestration and a narration of his own texts.
Basim Magdy was born in Assiut, Egypt 1977. Lives in Basel and Cairo. Using a variety of media, he constructs narrative structures that explore the space between reality and fiction's contribution to science, history, culture and the dissemination of knowledge.
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