Zamalek Art Gallery is delighted to kick start its 2019-2020 season with its first group photography exhibition, "Strata".
"Strata", the plural of "Stratum", literally means "one of the parts" or "layers into which something is separated". Artists generally seek to peel the layers of their surroundings, to unearth meanings, perspectives and ideas perhaps not quite obvious at first glance. Photographs specifically allow us to blur the boundaries between public and private, universal and personal, suggesting that boundaries, edges and layers of meaning are only what is defined by the viewer.
"Strata"'s photographers are a young and vibrant group of artists, all of whom have a unique voice and vision: Abdallah Shaarawi, AbdelRahman Samy, Eslam Abdel Salam, Fares Zaitoon, Fatma Abu Douma, Karim El Hayawan, Nada El Shorbagy, Natasha Younan, Nelly El Sharkawy and Nour Kamel. What brought them together was their innate ability to frame what they see around them in ways that allow the viewer unexpected windows to the fantastic
"Strata" is an exhibition that presents a range of methods and styles that reflect the diverse practice of photography today. Karim El Hayawan and Nelly El Sharkawy confront the social stratum by shedding light on the details of Egypt's modern architecture with all its flaws and merits. Abdallah Sharaawi, AbdelRahman Samy and Fatma Abu Douma explore the layers leading to the edge of our collective consciousness through depictions and abstractions of our country’s vistas. Eslam Abdel Salam, Nada El Shorbagy and Natasha Younan expose the fragility of self-proclaimed identity and its sense of belonging. Fares Zaitoon and Nour Kamel use their lens to uncover the contradictive and somewhat comical layers of what makes our society equal parts special and bizarre.
Zamalek Art Gallery is excited to introduce these young photographers and their enticing work, in a firm step towards acknowledging Egyptian photography as an art form in its own right. "Strata" is exclusive exhibition that is not to be missed.