Becoming Fathi Mahmoud, 2019 - Ongoing
Multimedia installation, Drawings, Prints and Porcelain sculptures.
In this project, entitled “Cup of Tea with Fathi Mahmoud,” I pursue an excavation of Fathi Mahmoud’s personal narrative, monumental artistic works, and industrial footprint, as a way to explore the space between an object and its history. Through assessing the relationship between the industrial history of Egypt and the process of artistic production, I trace the history of political and economic changes in this pivotal and historically ambiguous era of Egypt’s industrial awakening.
In 1942, Fathi Mahmoud opened the first ceramic factory in Egypt in Shubra, Cairo. A prominent sculptor during the Nasserist era, Fathi Mahmoud remains an obscurantist figure in the history of Egyptian artists. His public artworks can be found throughout Egypt, including the “Talaat Harb” statue in Cairo, the “Bride of the Sea” in Alexandria, and the “Monument to the Martyrs” in Cairo University. In addition, he created historic reliefs that decorate some of Egypt’s most important public spaces.