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Basim Magdy: To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness (exhibition)
University Galleries’ hours:
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness presents six films, a photographic installation, and a newly commissioned text-based work by Egyptian artist Basim Magdy. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s process-based experiments with altering analog film and writing absurd storylines. Educated as a painter in Cairo, Magdy began to shift his focus more toward working with photographs and manipulating film in 2011. He explains that he could use film as “a tool to communicate ideas related to loss, destruction, confusion, and the apocalypse.” His endless transformations include “pickling” the film in household solutions; placing a kaleidoscope in front of the lens; and utilizing masks, light leaks, and double exposures. The resulting painterly distortions of image and color are vibrant, unexpected, and hypnotic. Magdy then composes improbable narratives—often about future aspirations, failure, and the repetition of history—which are added as both voiceovers and captions. Strangely haunting and darkly humorous, the works create, in the artist’s words, “a visually different version of reality” and a “narrative that has no beginning and no end.” Read more
Basim Magdy: To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness is organized by University Galleries’ Director and Chief Curator Kendra Paitz and is sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. All events are free and open to the public. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-5487 to schedule free curator-led exhibition tours.