Taking place between April 23rd and November 27th, the Biennale invites artists to showcase works that follow a surrealist theme.
After being selected by the Supreme Council of Culture, three artists - Weaam El-Masry, Mohamed Shoukry and Ahmed Shaer - will represent Egypt at the prestigious Venice Biennale of Arts this year with their joint project, 'Eden Like Garden'. Taking place between April 23rd and November 27th, the Biennale invites artists to showcase works that follow a surrealist theme.
El-Masry is an award winning painter who works with photography, animation and installation, and has had her work showcased at several international events including the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale in 2012 (China), the One Minute Film and Video Festival in Aarau in 2008 (Switzerland), and The Egyptian Museum of Contemporary Art.
El-Shaer is a multi-disciplinary artist who mainly focuses on digital technology, combining 3D animation and experimental soundscapes to create all manners of installations. His work has been shown at such events as the Venice Biennale, Bamako Biennale, Cairotronica, the Guggenheim, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Casa Arabe in Madrid.
Shoukry is an adjunct assistant professor at the American University in Cairo, who specialises in video sculpture. He has been showcased at many international venues, like Galerie der Künstler in Munich in 2017 (Germany), the Sharjah Art Museum in 2016 (The UAE), DAK’ART 2014 — 11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain (Senegal), and the F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign in Zürich (Switzerland).
Although we know little about their project, 'Eden Like Garden', we can only guess that it will be some sort of surreal installation integrating digital technology. All we know for sure is that it received unanimous approval from the jury at the Supreme Council.