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With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?

Basim Magdy
2 November 2012
Basim Magdy

was born in Assiut, Egypt, in 1977 and currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and Cairo. Magdy works with different media including drawing, painting, film, installation, animation, sculpture, video, sound and printed matter. He is particularly interested in constructing narrative structures that explore the space between reality and fiction and its contribution to science, history, global culture and the dissemination of knowledge. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions including 21 Shortlisted Artists for the Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev; AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy; Newtopia, Mechelen, Belgium; La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Argos Art Center, Brussels; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt; 1st D-O ARK Underground Biennial, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCa), North Adams (2011); 2nd Ateliers de Rennes Biennale d'art contemporain, Rennes; DEPO, Istanbul (2010); Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel/Muttenz (2009); MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain (2008); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, Apexart, New York; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2007); la Caixa Foundation, Barcelona; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; SAW Gallery, Ottawa (2006); Momenta Art, New York; Hiscox Art Projects, London (2005) Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland and Art in General, New York (2004) among others.

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