Ahmed’s Revenge and Other Untold Stories is Mohamed Abdelkarim’s first solo exhibition. It brings together a selection of videos, installations, books, digital images, sculptures, found materials and objects he produced from 2010 to 2015. On the opening night, Abdelkarim presented Ahmed`s Revenge, a performance commissioned by AUC-LAB, and is part of the series Possibilities of Telling a Story.
In his work, Abdelkarim probes the narrative patterns of myth, history and ideology, by employing a variety of aesthetic forms: from cinematic and documentary strategies to 3d graphics; from oral story telling to religious rhetoric. Personal anecdotes are interwoven with historical events, where real and imagined protagonists – such as Christopher Columbus and Islamic theorist Sayyid Qutb - reincarnate from one story to another.
Abdelkarim walks us through the exhibition in this video, highlighting the development of a number of works on display.
Mohamed Abdelkarim (b. 1983 in Minya, Egypt) lives in Cairo and Sierre, Switzerland. He completed his BA in Art Education in Cairo in 2005 and took part in the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program 2011. He has exhibited his work in PhotoCairo 5, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (2012); Cairo-Documenta, Hotel Viennoise, Cairo (2012); Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2012); Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2011); Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2011); and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.
The tour is in Arabic and includes English subtitles.
[This video was produced by Medrar TV and is featured in partnership with Jadaliyya Culture]