OPENING SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 5-7 PM
For Adham Faramawy’s second solo show at Marian Cramer Projects, Adham will present new video, sculpture and print works.
Adham uses a series of collage and layering techniques dislodging images from their surfaces, using these devices to confront the construction of desire, the failure of affect, and dysmorphic relationships to body image corresponding to increasing of science fictive tropes in advertising, marking an overlap between the marketing of medical products and procedures and cosmetics.
Throughout the video and collage works, performances of vitality collapse into an oily itching, aching skin-hunger, frustrated by ruptures in the surfaces of the image, giving way to an ecstatic, orgiastic metamorphosis of bodies, materials and products.
Titled after the drug Nuedexta, used in the treatment of psuedobulbar affect, or emotional incontinence, this is a show ostensibly exploring the short circuit between affect and signifier.
Adham recently presented a show on BBC Radio4 titled VR: The Art of Immersion, his video piece “Makeup Tutorial” will screen on Channel 4 with Random Acts in autumn 2018 and he is currently working on two 360 video commissions for Collusion in Cambridge, The Box in Plymouth and has been awarded a year long Near Now fellowship developing augmented reality performance.
Adham Faramawy (b. Dubai, 1981) lives and works in London.
TODAY LAST SATURDAY!
Marian Cramer Projects is proud to present “5 Alumni Royal Academy Schools London’, an exhibition featuring work by Victoria Adham, Adham Faramawy, Daniel Lipp, Joe Frazer and Prem Sahib.
foto’s Fabian Landewee
Until 20th November 2014
“I open my hands, I want to let go of the slimy, and it sticks to me, it draws me, it sucks at me. Its mode of being is neither the reassuring inertia of the solid nor a dynamism like that in water which is exhausted in fleeing from me. It is a soft, yielding action, a moist and feminine sucking… Slime is the agony of water.” Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology, 1943
Adham Faramawy is an artist working across media to describe embodiment and what it is to be physically present. The body is central to his practice and is approached as a primary, sensual site. For his first solo show at the gallery, Faramawy has made a series of works which further respond to and explore Sartre’s 1943 writing on slime, where the properties of slime are problematized as abject and trans-feminine. Faramawy uses this precarious construct as a departure point to investigate what it is to inhabit and feel through a body as well as construct identity and a sense of self in relation to a digital culture of mediated images.
Adham Faramawy (1981) is a Dubai-born, London-based artist of Egyptian origin. He is a graduate of both the Slade School and the Royal Academy Schools of Fine Art (2013). Recent exhibitions include Hydra, Cell Projects, London, E-Vapor-8, Site Gallery, Sheffield, Pre-Pop to Post Human, Hayward Touring, Half Abstract, David Roberts Art Foundation and Silica at Galerie Sultana, Paris. Faramawy’s video works have been included in screening events such as Flatness, Oberhausen Film Festival, Syndrome of a Decade, Ikono Film Festival, Diamond Dust- A shifting grammer of originality, Circa Projects, Edinburgh Arts Festival and 21st Century Pop at the ICA, London.