Shady El-Noshokaty, Video Still from 'Stammer - A Lecture in Theory', 2007-2008
PARROTTA CONTEMPORARY ART STUTTGART BERLIN PRESENTS:
Shady El-Noshokaty 'Stammer - A Lecture in Theory'
Opening: Friday, 13th. February 2009, at 7 pm
Exhibition Period: bis 28th. March 2009
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 2 - 7 pm
Shady El-Noshokaty »Stammer - A Lecture in Theory«
"Stammer - A Lecture in Theory" is the first solo exhibition in German speaking countries by the artist living in Cairo, El-Shady Noshokaty (* 1971). It focuses on the fight between El-Noshokaty and the medium of drawing. This struggle reflects the connection of theory and one of personal experience and emotions shaped (artistically) into practice. The drawings work in their fantastic, but also oppressive subject matter as in "Archive of Emotions", which is comparable to a journal entry. They connect elements of mythological and anatomic-pathological illustrations to an unspeakable dream world. Embedded in the presentation of these post-surrealist drawings is El-Noshokaty's video work called, "Stammer (A Lecture in Theory)", which entails a performance of the physical act of drawing. With the assistance of a text book, a lecturer attempts to speak on a particular interpretation of mental and physical dualism. Repeatedly he turns around to a blackboard in order to transfer the abstract theory to an equally abstract drawing. The drawing seems ambidextrous with large gestures wanting to show an out-of-person and universal type of scientific construction or diagram. While attempting to relay this theoretical content, a constant interference of the Psyche comes to the surface and begins to take control of the physical act of drawing. In the end, the occupation of the form of relaying the theoretical content itself shows, right before your eyes, the exact consequences of the dualistic theory, which the text book in its objectified form cannot relay.
Shady El-Noshokaty represented Egypt at the 48th Biennale di Venezia. As a participant in the group exhibition called "Africa Remix - Contemporary art from Africa" he was already in some of the most important museums of the world. El-Noshokaty teach as a professor of painting and graphics at the University of Cairo Heluan.