About the Photographer
Egyptian, b. 1977
The tension between collective and individual memory drives the work of Basim Magdy, whose project "Every Subtle Gesture" pairs disparate images from his personal archive with ambiguous texts that often summon authoritative historical declarations. Inspired partly by the recent revolution in Egypt and the utopianism he witnessed eventually morphing into a “tangled web of confusion,” Magdy describes "Every Subtle Gesture" as a reflection of collective disappointment, as he constructs a “loose narrative based on a group of people who keep trying to succeed but continually fail.”
Basim Magdy completed a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (2000). He has held solo exhibitions at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium (2016), The Green Parrot, Barcelona (2015), Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (2014), Art in General, New York (2014), Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2013). He was included in the 2015 New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.