Weaam El Masry
Weaam El Masry is an Egyptian Cairo-based multi-award winning visual artist. She holds a PH.D. in media art from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University. She works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts & Design, MSA University. She is also a painter who at times moves to photography, animation and installation. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, Biennales and museums locally and internationally notably; the Biblical Book and Book-Object Biennale, 1st edition, National Literary Museum – Bucharest, Romania 2018, the Florence Biennale 2015 (Italy), 5th Beijing International Art Biennale 2012 (China), One Minute Film & Video Festival in Aarau 2008 (Switzerland), The Egyptian Museum of Contemporary Art, and many group and solo exhibitions in Egypt and abroad. With over 25 awards and scholarships from different institutions in Egypt and abroad; for example but not limited to; The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists, the Culture Resource Award for Artistic Production for Young Arab Artists & Writers (the Arab region), D.A.A.D (Germany), Pro-Helvetia (the Swiss Arts Council), Alexandria library (Egypt), Kulturamt Düsseldorf (Germany) and over 60 exhibitions under her belt. El Masry’s works are in private and public Collections; notably Bibliotheca Alexandrina; The Museum of Egyptian Modern Art and private collections in Egypt, Germany, USA, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Spain.
- Art Statement
In my artistic practice, I am exploring issues of my native society especially the position of women, relationships and religion, yet is timeless and universal. I am seeking to unravel that psychological pain, that longing for total freedom to fulfil my dreams and ambition away from the shackles of a demanding and unforgiving society. Universal gender-based issues are all the essence of my visual language and the product of my experience as an Egyptian wife, mother, artist – but most of all, a Woman.
I am rigorous in my art practice to sustaining my art language through a series of research that has generated my ability to utilize innovative approaches and working methods that combine literature, history and culture towards the area of drawing and painting. In my works, I am insisting on exploring and explication of classical formulations of the visual expressions. I have always had a passion for exploring the human psyche and the psychological and behavioral changes that have taken place. Identity has also been one of the most important aspects in my artworks. I tackled the issue of reconciliation with my female body, which has totally transformed as a result of marriage, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Through my work I am trying to reconcile myself with my distasteful new identity.
I consider my artwork to be my own visual diaries, a window into my inner world. While working, I have many contradicting feelings, between passion, tenderness and excessive violence. I surrender myself totally to the subconscious mind as I want to explore the hidden feelings, thoughts and desires within.
I later discovered that this approach is one of the means I subconsciously use as a sublimation to restore my equilibrium. I never plans any artwork I do, it is a journey and adventure I put myself on until the artwork reaches the state of completion and integration.