Lives and works in Giza, Egypt.
IN RESIDENCE at CESAC,
May – June 2012
A constant starting point for the artistic action of Metwaly is a belief that reality relies on an idea that the world stands on an objective fundament and one needs to remove the illusion to reach it. Her current work is time-based with strong correlations and cross references to painting. As of most recently, she is working on a series of raw (body) records that relate to short moments-breaths shot in different landscapes. By treating the image in fragments, the artist dis-integrates the original information from its political, historical or geographical background and position herself within a new surrounding. The result is the work itself. Eventually, Metwaly elects to evolve some of these works by video projection in a site-specific area. Whether it’s a projection of raw footage, or an edited (reconstructed) material she turns her resources into visual aids for the unspoken.
About choosing CeSAC
“A residency at CeSac would allow me the space and time to develop ideas established while working on Remarks on Midan. I will use the given time to produce work towards a time-based project. My intent is to build a series of paintings and videos (becoming projections alongside the paintings) which can ultimately evolve into something of a permanent collection. By the nature of its design, the pieces (and the project in its entirety) will be constantly challenged, enforced, and verified by new interventions of their surrounding realities: its landscapes, people, and languages. The other strong, creative individuals participating in the residency will allow fertile ground for discussion, critique, and ultimately, building this project. Because my work is strongly influenced by location, the evolution of the piece will reflect both my own suspension between various geographies and the space of the residency itself.”