Fames Family

Fames Family

[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_65857_1614195769125_1663254969_1404923_4782806_n.jpg]1290Moataz Nasr 1961, Egypt Oxymoron, 2010- Neon installation
Moataz Nasr <br />1961, Egypt<br />Oxymoron, 2010- Neon installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_156821_1617064720847_1663254969_1411824_1425995_n.jpg]70Moataz Nasr 1961, Egypt Oxymoron, 2010- Neon installation
Moataz Nasr <br />1961, Egypt<br />Oxymoron, 2010- Neon installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_58046_1613102661798_1663254969_1402739_4808672_n.jpg]100Nabil Boutros Egyptians, 2010 Photography
Nabil Boutros <br />Egyptians, 2010<br />Photography<br /><br />At first one might not notice that the 9 different images portrays the same man, but they do, the man in the images are the artist himself. The images alludes the photographs we use in our passport that are supposed to be an index and representation of our true and genuine identity. Boutrous work is called “Egyptians” and is perhaps suggesting that there are many identities of the Egyptian people today, and also that it is possible to disguise oneself as different Egyptians.
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_164048_1613103141810_1663254969_1402741_1032164_n.jpg]80Nabil Boutros Egyptians, 2010 Photography
Nabil Boutros <br />Egyptians, 2010<br />Photography
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_166404_1614195689123_1663254969_1404922_1431068_n.jpg]80Goran Hassanpour 1977, Sweden Erection, 2010- Installation
Goran Hassanpour <br />1977, Sweden<br />Erection, 2010- Installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_67161_1613104741850_1663254969_1402747_1162228_n.jpg]20Goran Hassanpour 1977, Sweden Erection, 2010- Installation
Goran Hassanpour <br />1977, Sweden<br />Erection, 2010- Installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_162814_1613104061833_1663254969_1402745_7775194_n.jpg]10Goran Hassanpour 1977, Sweden Erection, 2010- Installation
Goran Hassanpour <br />1977, Sweden<br />Erection, 2010- Installation<br /><br />Hassanpour plays with the words “election” and “erection” in his work made especially for this exhibition. The arrows, or rockets, depending on how one looks, are made with very simple means: a needle, some matches and thread and a piece of folded paper to make the arrow steady. The paper used for these particular arrows are replicas of the ballot paper used in the recent Egyptian election. The visitors are encouraged to try to get the arrows through the “bulls eye” of the box – the entrance of a full size replica of the election boxes in Egypt. The matches can be set on fire and the needles can bite someone where it hurts, just like the voting paper, but only if it is able to reach is goal, which might not be an easy task in any country.
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_156324_1613104581846_1663254969_1402746_5857298_n.jpg]20Goran Hassanpour 1977, Sweden Erection, 2010- Installation
Goran Hassanpour <br />1977, Sweden<br />Erection, 2010- Installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_68185_1614195209111_1663254969_1404919_3977133_n.jpg]20Goran Hassanpour 1977, Sweden Erection, 2010, Installation
Goran Hassanpour <br />1977, Sweden<br />Erection, 2010, Installation
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_63233_1613103301814_1663254969_1402743_4075408_n.jpg]60Hani Rashed 1975, Egypt
Hani Rashed <br />1975, Egypt<br /><br />Untitled, 2009 - Collage and paint<br />For years, Rached has been working with both paintings and collages, where a basic treat of the persons envisioned are the white paint over their faces leaving the individuals faceless and expression less. This leaves the viewer very disoriented. For his new collage work he has left parts of the face, the most important feature for an expression – the eyes – as they are. The portraits of the six ladies are taken from glossy magazines, but with Rached's brush-strokes, the connotations are completely changed and oscillate between the clown or the completely peeled off. But what does it mean to be masked/unmasked anyway?
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_163206_1614195369115_1663254969_1404920_703583_n.jpg]60Hani Rashed 1975, Egypt
Hani Rashed <br />1975, Egypt
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_162970_1617070480991_1663254969_1411862_4779401_n.jpg]20Egill Sæbjörnsson 1973, Iceland
Egill Sæbjörnsson <br />1973, Iceland <br />Ping Pong Dance, 2006-Video installation<br />Ping-pong balls
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_165757_1617064520842_1663254969_1411822_4164103_n.jpg]10Egill Sæbjörnsson 1973, Iceland
Egill Sæbjörnsson <br />1973, Iceland <br />Ping Pong Dance, 2006-Video installation<br />Ping-pong balls
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_63631_1617063840825_1663254969_1411816_6494923_n.jpg]20Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen 1979, Norway Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970
Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen<br />1979, Norway <br />Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_165551_1614195449117_5237906_n.jpg]20Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen 1979, Norway Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970
Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen<br />1979, Norway <br />Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970 <br />Mixed Media<br />
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_74645_1617064200834_1663254969_1411820_3433574_n.jpg]20Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen 1979, Norway Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970
Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen<br />1979, Norway <br />Northern Soul in Egypt, 1970
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_165046_1614195089108_1663254969_1404918_152946_n.jpg]10Khaled Hafez 1963, Egypt & otta Antonsson 1963, Sweden Walk like an Egyptian,2010
Khaled Hafez <br />1963, Egypt<br />Dwelling the Path of Abul Abbas, 2010, Audio Project, 14 minutes <br /><br />And Lotta Antonsson <br />1963, Sweden<br />Walk like an Egyptian,2010, <br />Photo collage<br />
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[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_163730_1617069600969_1663254969_1411854_4124457_n.jpg]40Sabah Naim 1970, Egypt
Sabah Naim <br />1970, Egypt<br />People of the city, 2009<br />Mixed media, color and sewing on photography and canvas<br />
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_164816_1617070120982_1663254969_1411858_2075075_n.jpg]50Sabah Naim 1970, Egypt
Sabah Naim <br />1970, Egypt<br />People of the city, 2009<br />Mixed media, color and sewing on photography and canvas<br />
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_68121_1617069880976_1663254969_1411856_2239674_n.jpg]50Sabah Naim 1970, Egypt
Sabah Naim <br />1970, Egypt<br />People of the city, 2009<br />Mixed media, color and sewing on photography and canvas<br />
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_163738_1614195929129_1663254969_1404924_6683952_n.jpg]60Hannu Räisa 1965,Finland
Hannu Räisa <br />1965,Finland <br />Nasty Puppet in Cairo, 2010<br />Performance and filmed performance
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_166216_1617068840950_1663254969_1411847_6454347_n.jpg]30Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena 1971, Uruguay/Sweden
Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena <br />1971, Uruguay/Sweden<br />Untitled, 2010, Collage
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_157036_1617070320987_1663254969_1411860_6401679_n.jpg]20Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena 1971, Uruguay/Sweden
Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena <br />1971, Uruguay/Sweden<br />Untitled, 2010, Collage
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Hannu Räisa <br />1965,Finland <br /><br /><br />Nasty Puppet in Cairo, 2010<br />Performance and filmed performance<br />With the use of regular newspaper, Räisä has built the puppet and stage set for the show he performed at the opening of the exhibition. The performance was filmed and is left as a film within the stage design of the piece. The story is about a soldier who gets shot while on an important and dangerous mission.
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_156863_1617069160958_1663254969_1411850_1739544_n.jpg]20Loulou Cherinet 1970, Sweden/Ethiopia
Loulou Cherinet <br />1970, Sweden/Ethiopia<br />Spotted Woman I and II, <br />2006 -2008, Video, 8 min and 8 min
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[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_156723_1614207729424_1663254969_1404928_3274639_n.jpg]40Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1956, Sweden Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010
Carl Michael von Hausswolff <br />1956, Sweden<br />Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_165036_1613102981806_1663254969_1402740_93349_n.jpg]20Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1956, Sweden Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010
Carl Michael von Hausswolff <br />1956, Sweden<br />Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010<br /><br />The Cobra Bar Kairo installation placed in the oven placed in the garden at Darb 1718 is indeed a real bar, but the difference from a coffee bar or a regular bar is that the liquid served is made from real cobra snake venom. The venom, which is incredibly poisonous if it reaches the blood system but not as poisonous when swallowed, is used in medicine as pain-relief. Hausswolff is challenging the visitors' courage and fears by inviting them for a poisonous drink that will be taken by their own risk.
[img src=http://www.darb1718.com/wp-content/flagallery/fames-family/thumbs/thumbs_148203_1614207569420_1663254969_1404927_6838552_n.jpg]40Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1956, Sweden Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010
Carl Michael von Hausswolff <br />1956, Sweden<br />Cobra Bar Kairo, 2010
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Nermine El Ansari<br />Beasts, 2001,Ink drawing on drawing-paper
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Dec 13 / Jan 29 – 2010 

A lot of group exhibitions come together within a conceptual lasso that either is too tight and hence runs the risk of suffocating the art, or instead way too loose. It is loose in order to be able to communicate with everyone about the art works included which don't really communicate with each other in any obvious or interesting way, and hence run the opposite risk of not saying anything at all. Most exhibitions that come together have during its development undergone extreme compromise due to a lack of budget, spatial resources or bad communication between curators and artists, curators and the institutions, artists and the institutions. In this case, the exhibition has been put together because of a sense of familiarity between the artists and curators, a passion for art and in spite of a zero-budget. The curators and artists have all been working together with each other at one point or another– however not all artists know each other.

The title is of course also a nod to the fact that the art world is a big circus and we are a traveling bunch of artists and curators that meet in different places all over the world, and also to the fact that we tend to become one big “family” in the art world, or a nomadic, traveling theater/circus. The artists chosen are indeed members of this family, but just like in Ludvig Wittgenstein's theory of “Family Resemblance”, one member of the family – or art work – is connected by a series of overlapping similarities to the other members of the same family, but no one feature is common to all of the members. The family that has gathered in Cairo may not have one common denominator – except for the family name of the exhibition thematics – but they are indeed connected by the way they approach their own game of art.

The word "family" is derived from the meaning of “servants of a household” which in Roman times also included the servants and slaves, and the word etymologically stems from the word "fames", which in turn means "hunger". The members of a family shared the hunger and the meals together, regardless of their place in the hierarchy. In the “family” of this exhibition we all share the hunger for creating serious work with a playful, experimental approach and for dialogue in the shape of an exhibition. Most likely we also share some sort of resembling pathology of the mind that had us becoming part of this nomadic circus of the art world. 

To curate a show resembles when the circus director putts together a great show. There must be amusing moments, exciting moments, unexpected moments and amazing moments and they must have a certain pace or rhythm in order not to make the visitors bored or leave uninterested. There must also be something for everyone, for the 3-year old and for grandma. The lion-tamer, for instance, cannot come on directly after the suspense of the the trapeze artists show, instead one needs to fill the gap with some clowns to enable a welcoming break between tensions. The circus as a metaphor for the exhibition is for us an interesting approach. But just like in any normal family there are different personalities here, some have great egos who wish to be seen and heard all the time, and some are more subtle and use more delicate modes of being noticed. Some in this circus are buffoons who juggle and fool us, others are magicians who use the preconceptions and illusory tricks to cheat our senses and swindle the audience with superior and dark skills.

The circus is a nomadic family business, where its members adapt to every situation without ever giving up their own particular domain, their trait or characteristic quality. Somehow this applies very well to artists and exhibitions too, where works of art can put the viewer in suspense, in awe, have them thrilled, disgusted, in a fantasy world where different laws apply and can make new dreams and fantasies commence and the possibility to even reflect on the “real” world with a different perspective. And, like the jester, the artist can say things that no-one else dares to.
Curator Power Ekroth and co-curated by: Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena

Participating artists
Nermine El Ansari (Egypt), Lotta Antonsson (Sweden), Tobias Bernstrup (Sweden), Nabil Boutros (Egypt), Loulou Cherinet (Sweden/Ethiopia), Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena (Uruguay/ Sweden), Khaled Hafez (Egypt), Bjorn Kowalski Jansen (Norway), Goran Hassanpour (Sweden), Carl-Michael von Hausswolff (Sweden), Sabah Naim (Egypt), Moataz Nasr (Egypt), Hany Rashed (Egypt), Hannu Raisa (Finland) in collaboration with Amira Eid (Egypt), Egill Saebjornsson (Iceland)

 

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