Project Space Art Jameel features a solo exhibition of Basim Magdy’s film, The Dent

01 May 2018
The Dent, 2014, Super 16mm film transferred to Full HD video. 19 min 02 sec. (Commissioned by The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | April 29, 2018 – Art Jameel, an organisation that supports heritage, education and the arts, today announces the opening of a new exhibition

  • Art Jameel and the Abraaj Group Art Prize announced in March a new collaboration, with the full collection of the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2008-2018) moving to the Jameel Arts Centre on long-term loan
  • To mark this new initiative, Project Space Art Jameel’s summer programme features The Dent, the film by 2014 Abraaj Group Art Prize winner Basim Magdy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | April 29, 2018 – Art Jameel, an organisation that supports heritage, education and the arts, today announces the opening of a new exhibition – The Dent by award-winning, Cairo-based artist Basim Magdy. Taking place at Project Space Art Jameel, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, the solo exhibition will run from April 30 to June 13, 2018.

Basim Magdy’s The Dent is a multi-layered video that combines documentary footage, field recordings and written text by the artist. The video will be featured for the first time in the UAE since it debuted at Art Dubai 2014, when Basim Magdy was awarded the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Magdy went on to subsequently win the New:Vision Award at CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen, and in 2016, was selected as Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year. His work has been shown in museums world-wide, and his films have been the subject of special screening programmes at Tate Modern, International Film Festival Rotterdam, ICA London, among other institutions.

Basim Magdy’s work layers film footage and text to produce a surrealistic visual essay, balancing the bleakness of contemporary conditions with sensitive humour. Shot between Paris, New York, Brussels, Quebec, Basel, Madeira, Prague and Venice, among other locations, the scenes are lent an aura similar to that of early cinema by the familiar grain and saturated tones of 16mm film – a medium that the artist favours. Magdy’s film draws from life, capturing absurd details and everyday beauty, seeking the uncanny within manmade environments.

After its debut screening at Art Dubai in 2014, The Dent has been shown on loan in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. These include the 8th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Korea, 2014; Lothringer 13, Munich, 2014; Ujazdowski Castle: Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2014; New Museum, New York, 2015; Platform Projects, Singapore, 2015; Kunsthalle, Berlin, 2016; MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, 2016; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2016/17; and Malta Art Contemporary, Valletta, 2017.

The exhibition is part of the Collection Focus series at the Project Space featuring single works from the Art Jameel Collection.

In March 2018, Art Jameel and the Abraaj Group Art Prize announced a new collaboration, with the full collection of works, commissioned over the ten years of the prize (2008-2018) moving on long-term loan to the Jameel Arts Centre. The new contemporary arts institution, located in Culture Village on the Dubai Creek, opens on November 11, 2018.