BASIM MAGDY | THE DENT

RÖDA STEN KONSTHALL, GÖTEBURG, SWEDEN
5 FEBRUARY – 18 APRIL 2022

The title of this exhibition derives from Basim Magdy’s film The Dent, which represents a departure point for his solo show. The exhibition reflects on various burning questions such as environmental crises, urban commodification and alienation in the digital age.
At the same time the artist is drawing on historical and literary references in his work. Lewis Carroll´s phrase “going down the rabbit hole” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, has been an important inspiration for this exhibition. Here, the phrase reflects a space where the surreal and magical entangle with the dangerous yet wonderful.
When stepping into the exhibition the viewers are confronted with previously unknown realities where colorful paintings, distorted Polaroids, poetic and enchanting 16mm films meet historical and contemporary phenomena, and where past, present and future constantly switch places.
Relying on humor and self-irony, Basim Magdy challenges viewers with the absurdity of life and banality of existence. Laughter is the best medicine - until it gets stuck in your throat.

© Images Hendrik Zeitler

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