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نهر الذاكرة // lind minninga // memory spring í SÍM salnum

Join us for the opening of Nermine El Ansari’s solo exhibition, co-curated by Erin Honeycuttt, at SÍM Gallerí on Thursday, February 8th from 17 – 19. The exhibition will stand until February 21st and will be open during SÍM hours on workdays from 10 – 16.

In the summer of 2013, Nermine El Ansari was living in Cairo, Egypt and experiencing the new curfew put in place because of protests. During this restriction, Nermine began to think about childhood memories, especially those before age 9 (the age when Nermine, born in France, moved back to Egypt). She began to draw them from memory as they appeared in her mind. The exhibition explores conversations she had with groups of artists in Iceland and Egypt over the next few years. Can you express memory without discussing memory itself? How collective are these memories? Through redrawings of redrawings of her own memories, Nermine explores some of these questions, and especially how they are connected to global visual culture.

Nermine El Ansari (1975) lives and works as a visual artist in Cairo, Egypt and Reykjavik, Iceland. In 1998 she received her painting diploma from the School of Fine Arts in Versailles, France. In 2002, she graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts (ENSBA) of Paris in multimedia. In 2002, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. Her work has been presented in various exhibitions in Egypt and abroad.

Nermine’s works range from painting, animation, sketches, printmaking, photography, and digital live drawing performance. Her earlier pieces were primarily concerned with the body – in human and beast form – often presenting a distorted view of her subjects and exploring a series of dualities and inversions. Over the last ten years, she has focused on cities, borders, territories and mapping -both real and imagined – exploring the binaries provoked by the urban landscape.

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