Egyptian contemporary artist Mohamed Abouelnaga revives the beauty of the iconic actress Soad Hosny for the first time in London through the medium of painting and photography. Abouelnaga’s exhibition will be a rare opportunity for the Western world to discover the multiple aspects of Hosny’s talents and legacy twelve years after her mysterious death in London.
Soad Hosny nicknamed “The Cinderella of Egyptian cinema” was born in Cairo, 1943 and became one of the most beloved sex symbols in the Arab World. Hosny had great screen presence with an unprecedented talent that made it easy for her to personify various characters in addition to her dancing and singing in many musical numbers throughout her classic films. Hosny’s life dramatically ended in 2001. Her body found under the balcony of an apartment she used to rent in London.
Hosny’s films and songs are still popular among the young and old generations of viewers across the Arab world. She was and continues to be an immortal figure for inspiration. According to Abouelnaga, Soad Hosny represented several layers of the Egyptian society after the 1952 Revolution, particularly the sixties. Mirroring the multiplicity of these layers, Abouelnaga takes a still photograph from her memorable films, prints it on canvas or on paper, then works on the image using different acrylic colours, finishing it with layers of translucent materials such as silk and tulle. The completed work creates a shimmering effect to the viewer, echoing the beguiling character of the actress.
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Abouelnaga’s has curated many shows in Bibliotheca Alexandria and also in the latest Alexandria Biennale in 2009. Abouelnaga moved two years ago to Doha to work as an artistic director of the Qatar Visual Art Center. But his curatorial practice did not stop him from continuing his works as a painter. Soad Hosny is his third exhibition in a row this year. She represents for him ‘a living memory of my reality since my art is not isolated from my life experiences. Soad Hosny was my dream girl that inspired romance and innocence during the teen years’ explains Abouelnaga.
Hosny and her career represent the liberty and the beauty that Egypt witnessed during the 1960s which is quite the opposite of what’s going on during the last two years with these voices that try to oppress women and censor artistic creativity’.
The location of the exhibition in London has a dramatic value also seeing as it was her chosen hideaway during her final days of life.
‘Soad Hosny’ runs from 7th – 12th October 2013 at Gallery 8, Duke Street St James, London, SW1Y 6BN. www.8dukestreet.co.uk. Gallery opening hours 10 am to 6 pm.
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