Shayma Aziz

Shayma Aziz is visual artist, whose work combines traditional fine arts technicality with new media practices, focusing particularly on painting, sculpture, interdisciplinary projects and animation. Born in Asyut, Egypt.  Aziz obtained her BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor, where she investigated representational formats in ancient Egyptian art before she moved to Cairo and actively engaged in its growing art scene for 17 years. She received several production and residency grants including Al Mawred Al Thaqafi’s Production Grant, Centre d’Arte i Natura’s residency program  2010, L’officina Marseille 2011, Siwa Studios residency 2013 and 3rd place prize at  Caravan’s Global Mosaic exhibition 2019. She moved to New York in the spring of 2019 where she’s currently based.

 

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions in Cairo, Alexandria, Berlin, New York, Thessaloniki, Tehran, Beirut, Tunis, Terni, Amsterdam and Marseilles. Some of her latest shows include her audio light installation piece “Death of a Dress” in Altars, Grottos and Portals at the Park Church Co-op NYC 2019,  her large scale ink painting series “A state of body” that was shown in 392 Rmeil 393 contemporary art gallery in Beirut 2016/ Goethe Institute in Cairo 2018, her drawing installation “Floating Over the Cairene Sky” that was exhibited in Cairo at Artellewa Arts Space, examining urban decay and the taboo/criminalization of “public display of affection” in Egypt.  “Women in Black” at ZicoHouse Beirut 2009 that mourns the disappearance of the female figure from public space in Arab cities depicting figures in ghostly poses borrowed from Modern Art history’s dominant male gaze on her canvas. Her New York Live Arts painting/performance live mural “At WAR(k)” at Live Ideas Festival : MENA/Future Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region 2016 looks at fallen bodies, the poetics of war murals, mass immigration and different temporalities between labour, dreamers, dance and drowning. She’s currently engaged in her work in progress: To Bestialize Her which looks at animal metaphors used towards women in folk belief. And how misogyny is embedded and normalized in everyday language and is used to subdue and alienate women.

Shayma Aziz is a New York-based Egyptian visual artist, whose work combines traditional and heritage fine arts technicality with new media practices, focusing particularly on painting, sculpture, interdisciplinary projects and murals. She obtained her BFA in Painting from the Fine Arts Faculty in Luxor (Egypt), specializing in ancient Egyptian aesthetics and techniques including paint material production. Over 17 years her work intersectionality addresses climate change, social and gender politics, while actively working on the preservation of heritage tools, techniques and formats. Recipient of multiple awards and residencies including Al Mawred Al Thaqafi, Centre d’Arte i Natura, L’officina Marseille, and is the 3rd prize winner at Caravan’s Global Mosaic exhibition 2019.

 

Her work has been exhibited widely including in Cairo, Berlin, New York, Thessaloniki, Tehran, Beirut, Tunis, Terni, and Amsterdam. Her latest shows include her audio/light sculpture installation “Death of a Dress” in Altars, Grottos and Portals multidisciplinary exhibition at the Park Church Co-op NYC. Her large scale ink painting series “A state of body” was shown in 392 Rmeil 393 in Beirut, and the headquarters of Goethe Institut in Cairo, her drawing installation “Floating Over the Cairene Sky” at Artellewa Arts Space in Cairo, examines the criminalization of “public display of affection” in Egypt.  And her “Women in Black” ink painting project at ZicoHouse Beirut mourned the disappearance of female figures from public space in Arab cities. Her New York Live Arts painting/performance live mural “At WAR(k)” at Live Ideas Festival looked at fallen bodies, the poetics of war murals and mass immigration between dreamers and drowning bodies, while staging the live labour of the craft of mural making. Currently working on ‘To Bestialize Her’, a project that addresses female representation in art history and the public sphere.



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Internationally acclaimed artist Shayma Aziz is based in New York City, born in Egypt. Her work straddles urgent questions on female sexuality and representation of female-identifying bodies in public space and politics today, as well as disappearing natural landscapes amidst the alarming encroachment of climate change on our planet. Invested in sustaining contemporary dialogues with her peers, and excavating tools and aesthetics from her training in Ancient Egyptian drawings and murals, Shayma Aziz’s work is a unique amalgamation of the deep past and the eerie present. Her work has been exhibited globally including  Marseilles, Berlin, New York, Thessaloniki, Tehran, Beirut, Tunis, Terni, and Amsterdam among others. Between painting and sculpture, multimedia and installations, she has exhibited her large scale ink painting series “A state of body” was shown in 392 Rmeil 393 in Beirut, “Women in Black” an ink painting project at ZicoHouse Beirut that mourned the disappearance of female figures from public space in Arab cities, and “Death of a Dress” in Altars, Grottos and Portals multidisciplinary exhibition at the Park Church Co-op NYC combining audio-visual composition with the installation. Her New York Live Arts painting/performance live mural “At WAR(k)” at Live Ideas Festival looked at fallen bodies, the poetics of war murals and mass immigration between dreamers and drowning bodies while staging the live labour of the craft of mural making. Currently working on ‘To Bestialize Her’, a project that addresses female representation in art history and the public sphere. Recipient of multiple awards and residencies including Al Mawred Al Thaqafi, Centre d’Arte i Natura, L’officina Marseille, and is the 3rd prize winner at Caravan’s Global Mosaic exhibition 2019. Shayma Aziz continues to live in New York, and is working on a long term research project addressing minoritarian politics of representation and the making of the visual arts canon.