SOMA Art Gallery Presents “Between Here & Elsewhere”, a Solo Exhibition by Karim El Hayawan


Tue, 02 Feb 2021 - 11:25 GMT

Karim El Hayawan

Karim El Hayawan

Believing that one must look for one thing, to find many and that a fragment is not merely a part of a larger whole, but is an entity of its own. In “Between Here & Elsewhere”, Karim El Hayawan questions the concept of donated domestic rugs positioned randomly and perhaps even accidentally within some of Cairo’s most iconic Mosques. 


El Hayawan’s latest body of work constructs a subjective, perhaps imagined narrative about these rugs through where and how they’re placed: where did these rugs come from? What can the history of the rugs tell us about them, their owners and the urban fabric they belong to? As well the contemporary aesthetic narrative they have organically created. 

The result is a triangular exchange between the artist, the anonymous (original) rug-owner, and the viewer – through the image. Each entity arrives at this exchange with a subjective experience; combining these three experiences creates a multifaceted dialogue, or possibly an even newer narrative.

The opening day of “Between Here & Elsewhere” at SOMA Art Gallery will take place on Sunday, February 7th, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The exhibition runs until February 25th 2021, daily from 12:00 to 8:00 pm (by appointment), except Fridays. 

“In remembrance of my late uncle, who was as multilayered as these organic totalities are.”  – Karim El Hayawan



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