British pound climbs as government makes U-turn on tax cut plan    Egypt's net foreign assets decline again to reach $925 million in August    Turkey's inflation jumps to 83% highest level in nearly in 24 years    Egypt's FM heads to Congo Today to attend PRECOP27 conference    King Charles III won't attend COP27 in Egypt, following PM Truss advice    Swedish coastguard says: Fourth leak discovered on Nord Stream pipelines    Egyptian gecko invades Israel    Egypt welcomes back Russian flights on 1st October    Egypt launches 200 Years of Continuing Science tourism campaign    Egypt, UAE partner on sustainable waste management in Sharm el-Sheikh ahead of COP27    QNB Group names TikToker Khaby Lame official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 brand ambassador    Three possible scenarios as Egypt's central bank governor resigns – MP    Adele is living a love story, wants to be a homemaker    In Photos: Egypt swears in 13 new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's Sisi names 13 ministers in Cabinet reshuffle    Spain: prosecutor seeks 8 years sentence for Shakira over tax evasion    Egypt: Alamein Art Festival kicks off a collection of recycled installations    Egypt's athlete Basma Emad wins bronze in weightlifting in Mediterranean Games    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



''Photo album'': A homage to the past
Published in Almasry Alyoum on 24 - 02 - 2010

“For as long as I can remember, I was painting,” says artist Galila Nawar, whose work “Photo Album” is currently on exhibit at the Karim Francis contemporary art gallery, in the Borsa area of downtown Cairo.
A gripping nostalgia is evoked by Nawar's paintings, each an emotionally-distorted adaptation on canvas of old family pictures dating from the 1930s to the 1960s.
“A few years ago my father and grandmother passed away […] the only thing I was left with were boxes of old, sepia family pictures, which moved me beyond reason,” explains Nawar.
Originally a TV and film producer, Nawar decided to study painting and drawing at Maged el-Segini's studio starting in 2001. In 2004 she enrolled in open courses in portraiture and oil painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
“Photo Album,” her first exhibition, is a homage to characters immortalized in instantaneous snapshots, some posing awkwardly in front of the camera, others confident and smiling. Her washed, sepia portraits bear the appearance of old photographs unable to resist the repeated assaults of time and light.
“I was trained to paint real-life portraits, but when I started working on this series two years ago I deeply appreciated the distant feel of the picture, which allowed me to contemplate my emotions instead of rushing to snatch the moment,” says Nawar.
Her first painting in the “Photo Album” series, titled “Boy Alone,” depicts a young boy in short pants standing directly in front of a camera, both arms quietly resting alongside his body. The artist explains that the figure is her father. She has painted him on nearly every canvas in the exhibition.
The ochre, gray and light green Nawar uses in her paintings are the result of mixing together primary colors. Moving on to "Lilac,” a painting representing her grandmother, Nawar says that she used a light purple for her subject's dress because “it was my grandma's favourite color, and I picture her with this lilac dress on."
In the painting, Nawar's grandmother stands in front of the photographer, smiling confidently while the pleats of her dress are softly moved by the sea breeze in Alexandria. “What convinced me to paint this picture [...] is the little handkerchief she holds in her left hand [which] reminded me so much of her,” says the artist with a vanishing smile.
Through her delicate paintings, Nawar brings back to life volatile moments of happiness and insouciance. “The Swimmer” represents her father just returning from a swim. She paints him as a young, good-looking man in a swimsuit who poses in front of the camera with a mix of boldness and vulnerability.
“The traces of dripping paint on my artwork reinforce time's distortion of memory,” Nawar says. She also deliberately decided not to finish any of the paintings, in order to convey an acute feel of passing time and vanishing memories.
In “Self-portrait,” Nawar shows just the sketch of a little girl in diapers with a concerned look on her face. The blurred contors of the young girl are brushed in a soft ochre paint. “This self-portrait epitomizes the loss of innocence,” she says.
In the piece "Buddies" nearby, a joyous band of three boys are shown crouching in the grass. The young boys are dressed in short pants and white shirts, and they sport high socks which cover their thin calves. We can instantly imagine these boys with their plump, rosy cheeks and high-pitched laughs, constantly teasing each other.
When asked about her ongoing work, the artist explains that she has not decided which of two topics--the city of Alexandria, or women--will draw her attention next. “When I was a child I used to go to my grandmother's house for six months of every year, and I am strongly attached to these memories,” she says, "although it may be time to say goodbye to the past.”
The exhibition runs until March 31 at Karim Francis Gallery
1 el-Sherifein Street, 2nd floor, Downtown, Cairo
Saturday through Thursday 1-8 PM
+202 2391 6357
[email protected]


Clic here to read the story from its source.