Published on March 10, 2014
11 - 24 March 2014 Cairo - Egypt BEYOND BORDERS HADY BORAEY 11 - 28 March 2014 Cairo - Egypt BEYOND BORDERS HADY BORAEY
oes the universe have a border? And if it does, what does this borderline separate us from? Why does the other side of the fence always seem greener? Why are millions of young Egyptians dreaming of crossing their borders even if it means risking their lives? Web- ster dictionary defines the word border as “a line separating one country from another or as a boundary between places”, implying knowledge of what lies beyond. Since we first looked at the stars, humans have been fascinated by the mys- teries of what lies beyond the unknown borders. “Where there be dragons” and “Terra Incognita” for example were terms used by ancient Roman and medieval cartographers to indicate unknown or unexplored territories on a map. Today, these words have disappeared from maps as men have explored seas and continents. Yet the ap- peal and illusion arising from the unknown persist. In his first solo exhibition, Alexandria-based visual artist Hady Boraey seeks to understand man's fascination behind what lies beyond one's bor- ders. Challenging the mindset that the only solu- tion for a better life requires a physical migration, Boraey questions the power of the psychological borders within our minds. With a distinctive painting technique and a thrilling imagination, Boraey has created a rich and tex- tured world of fantasy depicting the illusion of an- other better life that could be had, by simply cross- ing the border – be it physical or psychological. Metaphorically and symbolically, he takes us on a poetic and dramatic journey to discover the tempt- ing yet scary unknown and to open new horizons. And while the mystery of what lies beyond the bor- ders of the earth is grand and captivating, Boraey uses the edge of the earth as a metaphor to high- light the mental struggle to find a way to belong. The obsession and hope of many young Egyptians to cross the borders of their own country to go set- tle somewhere “where the grass looks greener” is but one way. For Boraey, Beyond Borders doesn't necessarily mean more planets or far away lands, but rather, a symbol of the relentless pursuit of hap- piness and the persistence of our youth to dream of a better life. This could in the end lead to a with- drawal from one's society into a utopian secluded community to achieve a sense of belonging. In a world with rising violence, racism and wars, Hady Boraey offers a wake up a call that what is beyond our border – be it our country, city, neigh- borhood or simply inside each one of us, may in fact be similar to what lies inside that very border we so seek to leave – that we are one and the same, that here and there, there is love and pain; there is hope and despair; a sense of attachment or loneliness. After all, the grass may not be much greener on the other side of the fence once we free our mind and we may be better off taking care of our own grass. D Where The Grass Looks Greener BY Fatenn Mostafa, Founder
Selected Exhibitions 2014 Workshop - Image of the world - Atelier Alexandria 2014 Group exhibition - Ajenda - Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2014 International group exhibition - points 2 - Goethe Institute - Alexandria 2013 Group exhibition - Peace Day Festival - Darb 1718 - Cairo 2013 Group exhibition PRO ART institute Dubai- United Arab Emirates 2013 Beirut art fair - Lebanon 2013 Solo exhibition - Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub institute residency program - United Arab Emirates 2013 Group exhibition - Art Talks Egypt - Cairo 2013 Group exhibition - Salon of youth - Atelier Alexandria 2013 Group exhibition - 1st Plastic arts competition - Elhorya Centre for creative arts – Alexandrina 2013 Group exhibition – Small Artworks - Sakyet el sawy – Cairo 2013 Annual salon of Atelier Alexandria 2013 Group exhibition - Ajenda - Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2013 Group exhibition - Graphics Now - Elhorya Centre for creative arts – Alexandrina 2013 Group exhibition - Hagar Project - Darb 1718 - Cairo Biography Born 1984, Beheira, Egypt Lives and works in Alexandria 2013 PhD, Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Alexandria 2011 MFA, Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Alexandria 2005 BFA, Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Alexandria
2012 Annual salon of Atelier Alexandria 2012 Exhibition - 18 days revolution - at sakyet el sawy - Cairo 2012 International exhibition of Cairo books - Cairo 2012 Aaw international workshop – Goethe Institute Alexandria 2012 Exhibition - Arab Spring Revolutions - bibliotheca Alexandria 2012 Exhibition - Salon of youth - Atelier Alexandria 2012 International biennale for artist's book - Bibliotheca Alexandria 2012 Exhibition - Ajenda - Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2012 Solo exhibition - On Wood - elhorya centre for creative arts – Alexandrina 2012 Workshop - Hagar Project - darb 1718 institute – Cairo 2011 Exhibition - 100% Egiziano - Egyptian Cultural Office Rome- Italy 2011 Solo exhibition - Main hall of the faculty of fine arts - Alexandrina 2011 Exhibition - Ajenda - Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2011 Exhibition - First Time - Bibliotheca Alexandria 2011 Exhibition - XV Biennale de la Mediterranée - Greece 2011 Exhibition - Salon of youth xxii - Cairo 2011 International exhibition - Digitals & printmaking - Atelier Alexandrina 2011 Exhibition - Ajenda - Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2011 Workshop - La Forma - colective book - Italy 2011 Exhibition - Art work for every home - degas art gallery - Alexandria 2010 Exhibition - Mahmoud Saeed Museum 2010 Workshop - Print making at academia de bella arte - Italy 2010 Participated - artist : Hassan Khan - in intaglio processes exhibition - Switzerland 2010 Exhibition - Triple Graphics - Egyptian Cultural Office Rome - Italy 2009 Port Saeed Benaly - Egypt 2009 Exhibition on Egyptian culture office in Rome – Italy 2009 International workshop of print making - Alexandira 2009 Exhibition salon kharef - Egypt
6 Waiting Knowing She Will Never Come | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
7 When We Were Living by the Sea | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
8 Field of Vision | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 80 x 80 cm
9 Pilgrim | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 80 x 80 cm
10 The Far Purple Earth | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm
11 The Lucky Green Dress | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm
12 Shoreline I | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 100 x 57 cm
13 Shoreline II | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 100 x 57 cm
14 Going on the Road Again I | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
15 Going on the Road Again II | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
16 Little Bird's Nest Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm The Cat's House Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
17 The Girl on the Red Bicycle Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm Driving Astray Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
18 The Settlers I | Oil on Canvas | Dimensions: 52 x 35 cm
19 The Settlers II | Oil on Canvas | Dimensions: 52 x 35 cm
20 Wed Until Tomorrow I Oil on Canvas | Dimensions: 61 x 118 cm
21 Wed Until Tomorrow II Oil on Canvas | Dimensions: 61 x 118 cm
22 At the Borders of the Unknown I Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 20 x 53 cm
23 At the Borders of the Unknown II Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 20 x 53 cm
24 I Love You | Acrylic, colored pencils on canvas | Dimensions: 70 x 70 cm
25 Wait, Meet, Kiss | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 cm
26 The Coincidence | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
27 Frozen in Time | Oil on Wood | Dimensions: 122 x 61 cm
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