Magdi Mostafa

1982, born in Tanta, Egypt.
Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.
IN RESIDENCE at CITTADELLARTE
FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO
Biella
September-November 2010

The focus of Mostafa’s work is the dialogue between the rhythms of sound and space, whether that space is real, imaginary or virtual. A space (architectural, urban, private, public, dreamed or real) is the initial generator of the concept, execution and form of the final piece. While Mostafa’s works include sculpture, photography and film, sound is always a constant. Sound has an intensely powerful ability to reconstruct past experiences, calling up different images or moods with little more than a minor change in value or tone. Sounds, even when void of linguistic references, are still richly laden with communicative and emotional content.

For any given piece, the artist begins by conducting sonic research and recordings of particular physical or psychological spaces. Then he distils these recordings into a conceptual, communicative “sentence” that may be manifested in a sound installation (in which the visual component is as carefully considered as the acoustic component) or in a live performance, or in a combination of the two. In fact, many installations attempt to navigate the rapid transformations of Cairo’s cityscape, mapping the affects of globalization on local traditions, the phenomenological experience of the individual in the city, and interpersonal relationships.
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Magdi Mostafa, Sound Cells Fridays, 2009, Cairo

Magdi Mostafa, Sound Cells Fridays, 2009, Cairo

Magdi Mostafa, Transparent Existence, 2010, Barcelona

Magdi Mostafa, Transparent Existence, 2010, Barcelona