“Hula Hoop Labyrinth” is the theme title of an art exhibition being held at Gallery Misr in Zamalek, Cairo, from 7 to 25 October, displaying artworks by the young artist Hend Samir.
Since 2011, Samir’s work has developed a specific aesthetic language that merges the real with the abstract. In some paintings, she depicts her characters in warm colours, whereas in others she uses multi-coloured tones in tandem with black and white. The dynamic depictions reflect both energy and childhood innocence.
Samir’s work is also an investigation of how rituals in exotic media have patterns and representational gestures; these patterns are reused and replaced within the representation of Utopic family suburban and by some contrast the paintings reinvestigate innocence and scandal.
Painting from her personal experience, she creates eye-catching formations that are sensual and unusual, sometimes even appearing as a daydream.
Born in 1986, Samir graduated from Helwan University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. She uses many techniques in her work, including painting, print making, mixed media, and installation.
Samir has displayed her artworks in a solo exhibition in both Alexandria and Cairo, and also in several countries: at Mattress Factory Museum, in Pennsylvania, US; Sweden; and a number of art galleries in Spain.
15 October 2018