musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


17.11.2016 -> 15.01.2017

Basim Magdy

As part of Our Ocean, Your Horizon, a proposal for the Satellite programme 2016 by Heidi Ballet.



Basim Magdy’s (Assiut, Egypt, 1977) work reveals a suspicion towards the way history is being shared to form a collective identity and hints at unsubstantiated truths that are part of a plot. While Magdy’s works are often narrative in character they don’t evolve as a story, since a story has a definitive beginning and an end and his works refuse linear framing. The works evoke a sense of loss and dystopia that purposely confuses time. This sensibility is reinforced by Magdy’s technique: he shoots contemporary footage with a 16mm camera, a gesture that reads like a counter-claim to the past as a buried space.

Basim Magdy’s works recently have been shown, among other places, in the Third New Museum Triennial, New York (2015), the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2015), the Biennale de Montreal (2014) and Seoul Mediacity Biennial (2014). Magdy won the 2014 Abraaj Group Art Prize and was selected as Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year.

Curator: Heidi Ballet


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The Satellite programme is co-produced with the Jeu de Paume and the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphique et Plastiques.

The Friends of the CAPC contribute to the production of the artworks in this programme. 


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