The Artist as Student
Artist talk by Mahmoud Khaled
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
Public talk | 8pm at Ashkal Alwan
At the core of Mahmoud Khaled’s practice lies a probing engagement with the construction of male identity. In a society that is increasingly shaped by mediated and virtual exchanges, Khaled’s work traces the boundaries between what is real and what is hidden, disguised or staged. The impact of his training as an academic painter can be seen in his concern with form, which is at once extravagant and austere.
This talk will focus on how the diversity of the artist’s educational background has become a point of departure and a resource for his recent projects.
Mahmoud Khaled (b. Alexandria, 1982) holds a BFA in painting from Alexandria University. In 2012, he completed the inaugural year of Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. He is currently based in Norway where he is part of the MFA program at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts.
His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the Middle East, including Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; AUB Gallery, Beirut; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo (2013); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2011); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (2010); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn and UKS, Oslo, Norway (2009). His projects have been featured in biennales such as Manifesta 8: European Biennale for Contemporary Art, Biacs 3, Seville Biennale, and 1st Canary Islands Biennale, Spain.
Image: Mahmoud Khaled: Part of Detail, 2014. Series of six C-print plates, framed, Five 100 x 70 cm, One 70 x 35 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gypsum gallery.