ShulamitNazarian LosAngeles

Sherin Guirguis: El Biet El Kabeer

Opening September 10, 2015

Public reception: 7-9pm


Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to announce two new exhibitions for the fall. Fereydoun Ave, considered the godfather of contemporary Iranian art, will present new work from his ongoing “Rostam” series, in which he explores masculinity and the cultural psyche. In the second gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Sherin Guirguis will unveil a new group of sculptures based on the nuances of heritage, home, and modern conceptions of identity.

Sherin Guirguis references her Middle Eastern heritage and melds it with contemporary Western aesthetics to create powerful works of art. Her new group of sculptures—the final part in a three part series of works entitled El Biet El Kabeer—was inspired by water vessels, or Ollal, found in many older or traditional Egyptian households in the southern parts of the country. In Guiguis’ work Arabic ornamentation and geometric patterns are are laser cut into aluminum panels, then mounted upon wood cores. These objects reference the shapes of the Ollal, yet they are clearly not functional as such. The Guirguis family home in Luxor, Egypt, the last remaining physical connection to a homeland for the artist, was demolished in 2007, an event that triggered the ideas that led to this body of work. The sculptures are symbols and physical repositories for ephemeral memories and lost places. Guirguis’ unique emigrant experience is a personal story that fits into the larger historical context as a compelling and very human case study.

Sherin Guirguis (b. 1974 Luxor, Egypt) received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Guirguis has exhibited at The Third Line Gallery, Dubai; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale; Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco; and LAXART, Los Angeles; the 2015 Venice Biennale; the Orange County Museum of Art; and the Sharjah Art Museum.