The human dimension has always been the pivotal force driving the artistic vision of Rabab Nemr.When viewing this artist's works, it is often difficult to distinguish between the male and female figures despite the fact that the latter pre-dominate in these depictions.Regardless of this ambivalence, however, both male and female figures embody Nemr's concept of human quintessence.
A host of nautical elements - fishermen and their boats... various sea creatures... seagulls - are ingrained in the heart and mind of Nemr, who grew up in Al Anfooshy, inhabiting the world of this artist, against the backdrop of the sea, now treacherous and roiling, now calm and bounteous.
In the midst of such a vibrant setting, it is the human persona in this artist's works, whether in black and white or in colour, that shoulders the burden of human cares. We can see this in the way the subjects'eyes gaze into the distance towards the mysterious horizon, the meeting point of sea and sky, where the unknown lies hidden, an enigmatic, unseeing gaze characteristic of Ancient Egyptian sculptures. We sense in these works a metaphysical tinge enveloped by a warmly romantic, dream-like aura.
Early on, the works of Rabab Nemr envisioned the need, even the demand, for some kind of revolutionary action. Filling these pictures were human images, a veritable swarm standing united, reminiscent of those in the main squares of the Revolution. Even before the Revolution actually broke out, this phenomenon was observed by art critics who recognized it as the catalyst to the revolution against human oppression. During this phase, colour abdicated its ascendancy, allowing black and white to take center stage as the medium of revolutionary expression, intensifying and transforming the soundless gaze featured in the works into vociferous cries resonating through the very fabric of the picture. The crowding and cohesion of human beings urged a mass fusion against injustice, an assertion of one's right to a dignified life enacted during the January 25 and June 3 popular uprisings.
These revolutionary movements were embraced and glorified by women, whose presence in the Revolution added a dynamic new force, radiating a kind of energy, and a sense of hope for Egypt's future, so much so that the whole country was alight with optimism; truly, women emerged as iconic figures in the revolutionary movement.
It is in tribute to the special contributions of Egypt's women that Rabab Nemr is exhibiting this collection today.