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International: Contemporary Egyptian art-in a medieval castle


Published on Monday, July 25th, 2011
Château de Blandy-les-Tours, a castle outside of Paris, has been transformed into an exhibition space that showcases contemporary art. The medieval castle is an interesting backdrop for its current show that reflects the recent political upheavals of the Arab Spring.

The exhibition is entitiled, “Chain Reactions” and runs through October 23rd showcasing works by the Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr. In 15 diverse works, he utilizes videos, light works, sculpture and land art to examine the recent turbulence of the Arab world. Present himself in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the days of the uprising, Nasr brings the spirit of the square to Blandy.

 “The people want the fall of the regime” in Arabic script, is scrawled like a labyrinth, into the lawn of the castle’s grassy courtyard. Video installations fill the spaces of the towers and banners collected from Tahrir Square flutter in the wind.

The paradox and fascination lies in the showcase of the Egyptian Islamic artist presenting work in a medieval castle, built during the crusades.


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