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“MEMENTO”

4- 29 August 2014

Featuring works by:

Ginane Makki Bacho

Ginane Makki Bacho

My work unfolds in the movement from past to present to dreams. In the gaps between fragments lay my two commitments: fidelity to a bright future once promised to us all, and hesitant immersion in our shared, burdensome today. During a time when our well-being is under threat by the hatred, violence, and wars surrounding us, I attempt to escape this reality by reminiscing about the simpler days of my youth, which were free of worries and full of optimism. But escape is never complete, and breaking news and pressing concerns constantly grab at my attention. My two motivations conflict. They pull at my work in opposite directions, until I no longer know what has passed and what is yet to come—or what could ever come back again. Hence, I am striving for reconciliation, and for this, I revisit, I re-witness, I recur.

 

My collections of stamps, photos, letters, and other memorabilia which form the basis of this series have long been kept in small boxes. As witnesses to a hopeful and glorious past and its vision of the future, I lay them out like sheets of sworn testimony, and say: there was a time.

 

These reflections on this era may seem nostalgic. They may also seem impersonal compared to my previous series, Afterimage. However, in blending these artifacts from my life together with images of public icons and idols we once looked up to, I aim to invite exploration of the inner worlds of our shared memories. Through layers of artifacts and mementos, I seek the invisible through the visible, to tell untold stories or retell forgotten ones, and to reveal the freedom that once was. Through these acts of re-witnessing, I seek to narrate a history, as seen through my eyes, and recreate a feeling, as I felt it. In this journey, the viewer is confronted with two questions: where did that era go? How does today compare?”

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 1 / Nour ElHoda
Print, collage (Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 2 / Faten Hamama
Print, collage ( Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 3 / Asmahan
Print, collage (Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 4 / Hind Rostom
Print, collage (Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 4 / Madiha Yosri
Print, collage (Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 6 / The Balcony
Print, collage ( Fabric, embroidery and sequins) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 7 / The Diva
Collage (Print, Silkscreen) and Acrylic
90 x 90 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 8 / War & Love
Collage(silkscreen, print, fabric) and Acrylic
100 x 85 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 9 / The Golden Gun
Collage (Silkscreen, Fabric) and Acrylic
120 x 90 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 11 / He said versus What would I say
Collage (Silkscreen, print) and Acrylic
100 x 78 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 12 / If only we could stop
Collage (Silkscreen, print) and Acrylic
100 x 78 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 13 / Seas and Fields
Collage ( Silkscreen, Print, Fabric) and Acrylic
133 x 150 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 14 / The Gun and the War
Print and Acrylic
150 x 130 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 15 / The Dolls Want to Play
Collage ( Print, Etching, Fabric) and Acrylic
88 x 58 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 17 / Confessions
Collage ( Silkscreen, Fabric) and Acrylic
90 x 88 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 18 / Labyrinth
Collage ( Silkscreen, Fabric) and Acrylic
100 x 75 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 19/ Keepsake
Collage (Print, Silkscreen, Photos) and Acrylic
130 x 162 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 20 / Sandouk Al-Firja
Collage ( Print, Fabric) and Acrylic
130 x 100 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 21 / Elapsed Time
Print and Acrylic
120 x 102 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 22 / MODCA
Collage ( Print, Fabric) and Acrylic
120 x 79 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 23 / The Box
Collage (Print, Silkscreen, Photos) and Acrylic
90 x 70 cm
2014

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 24 / Flashback B
Print and Acrylic
150 x 130 cm
2013

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 25 / Flashback A
Print and Acrylic
150 x 130 cm
2013

Ginane Makki Bacho
Memento 26 / Martyrs’s Square
Print and Acrylic
150 x 130 cm
2013