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Ahmed Kassim Art Work
 
Ahmed Kassim is a young contemporary artist that has shown great talent and creativity in creating a world entirely his own. Kassim adds a subtle sense of humor to his subjects mixed with his intricately woven webs of details featuring the chaotic world around. His ability lies in defying large canvases by his effective control of this large space creating a multitude of sarcastic details from an unusual perspective.

Kassim’s work reveals itself through his own beliefs and understanding of the world around him thus resulting in a convincing conceptual work. In the work currently showing in EAT he uses the widely known rubrics of games such as snakes and ladders and pac-man to symbolize how life in Egypt is exactly like a game, where individuals are subjected to the forces of good or evil in their daily lives and how chaotic and unpredictable life has become in modern day Egypt.

We witness again his humor to express other wise a negative subject matter.  Within his use of board games Kassim portrays the staples of modern and current Egyptian society; the money signifying corruption, the TV news constantly on informing the people in their homes though not necessarily with credible and truthful information (another irony that is explored in his work), bread rolls and loaves which are the basic means of food for the Egyptian population because of its cheap and accessible nature as well as the bastions of riot police, which Kassim includes in his work to show that the state and government is always vigilant and keeping an eye on its people to root out dissidents. There is also a large red chair that is symbolizing the ‘throne’ that is actually the seat of Egypt’s president, who because of its corruption has become more of a monarch with absolute power in the people eyes rather than a democratically elected patron.
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