Egyptian artist wears replicas of Beirut explosion on her paintings | Mimoza Al-Arawi
She said the experience “involved trauma and psychological changes that many people went through, culminating in the explosion at the port of Beirut. The circumstances still affect me, even though a year and a half has passed. since. “
Shayma Kamel’s work can be considered a clear example of contemporary art that offers great contrast between the way the artist perceives his paintings and the completely different light under which viewers view them.
The idea of the exhibition revolves around the artist and her logic of visual storytelling, as shown in previous exhibitions, notably “Les Contes de Cendrillon”.
She tells how “a little girl traveled in her sleep to many countries, and when she woke up she continued to tell on the walls of the houses her dream and the legends she met, how she dreamed that she had wings and could fly and wouldn’t have to come back.
“For five years the child spoke to the silent walls around him telling them of his travels, his sleep, his anger, his recurring desires and dreams, until the day I woke up with the second biggest explosion in the world… I rode the first kite and crossed the sea.
Most of the artist’s paintings feature tattoos or symbols from ancient legacies laden with ambiguities.
There is a strong element of fantasy in his works alongside realistic scenes. More recent works, like those of his previous exhibition, are immersed in the imagination to the point of delirium.
A greater balance between fantasy and reality was best seen in his previous two exhibitions.
The overflowing imagination that transpires from his latest works means that his painted scenes often seem to project a terrifying atmosphere that the artist may have in common with all the peoples of the region. In fact, it is from this that the authenticity of his artistic works seems to derive.
The artist uses earthy colors in his paintings with red topping all the hues, creating the impression of a desert atmosphere enveloping his paintings.
In all of her works, Shayma Kamel addresses the idea of the struggle between good and evil. In this exhibition, this logic is alive. It is evil that triumphs over good, even temporarily.
Many of the scenes drawn in his paintings tend to inspire fear, as hybrid forms of a larger than life insect world are on display and appear to have stories to tell.
The exhibition presents a visual artist’s interpretation of the traumatized world of Beirut and other traumatized environments elsewhere in the Arab region.