“Trayvon”, a solo show by Alexandrian artist Mona Marzouk, takes its name from the much publicized Trayvon Martin case. But the inspiration for the new painting series was Egyptian courtrooms, the roles they have played over the past four years in supposedly “upholding” justice and their representation in local media. Marzouk was interested in exploring courtrooms as a “psychological space, as a space of argumentation, and as a problematic” and embarked on extensive research in the history of courtrooms and contemporary trials and problems both in Egypt and other parts of the world. Her research resulted in this new series of paintings, shown at Gypsum Gallery in September 2014.
Mona Marzouk is an artist based in Alexandria, Egypt. She works with paintings, sculptures, large site-specific murals and animation. Her work has been featured at the EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, 2014; 11th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2012; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2011; the 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea, 2008; 1st Canary Islands Biennial, Spain, 2006. Marzouk’s solo exhibition’s include The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Energy`s Evil, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK, 2008 and The New World, Art in General, New York, 2006.
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