• Artists : AHMED ASKALANY 
  • Venue : ARTSAWA | ALQUOZ
  • Preview : 17 February 2009
  • Start Date : 17 February 2009 Time : 10:00 AM
  • End Date : 10 March 2009 Time : 11:00 PM

    17 | 02 | 09 | AHMED ASKALANY

    Critics and art connoisseurs alike have described Ahmed Askalany as one of the most unique and inimitable sculptors of his generation. Making his Dubai debut on the 17th February at Art Sawa, Askalany will be exhibiting his latest collection of emotive sculptures entitled “17-02-09 | Ahmed Askalany.” 
    Speaking about his latest exhibition Askalany commented, “My philosophy is simplicity, to convey the idea directly to the viewer without overcomplicating the message with too much detail. I’m extremely excited to be able to show my latest works to the people of the UAE.” 
    Known for utilizing methods associated with the ancient cultures of Egypt, Askalany uses woven palm leaves and resin that gives his work an essential association with his native roots. His subjects include human figures and animals that are both inspired and representative of his native town, Nag Hammadi, Egypt. The figurines are characterized by a preserved, mummified look. Nonetheless, the work retains a profound nature and sense of innocence. There is no specific formula that Askalany uses when creating his works of art, the final piece often represents this by becoming humorous or naïve but always with a poetic sensitivity.
    Arguably the only artist who maintains a connection with traditional forms and materials, this bond with traditional elements that would act as a restriction on others expression is, for Askalany, vital to maintain the link to his roots. This connection allows his work to become unique and unmistakable, yet, at the same time, does not stop him being thoroughly up to date.