Art work by
The newspaper clipping showcases a man breathing fire. Egyptian artist
The piece encapsulates the theme of Belal’s debut exhibition at
Belal, who has been working on the project since 2007, came up with the idea when he started observing how newspapers he bought everyday "summarise the world in something that loses its value the next day," said
The first collection relies on newspapers and magazines.
In this collection, which Hamza described as "meticulous, precise and slightly obsessive", he reintroduces selections from printed media he has collected in a new form, disconnecting the used text and photographs from their original context.
In one of his pieces, for example, Belal displays a newspaper article "Many Holes in Disclosure of
In another piece, Belal transfers a newspaper ad of a luxurious Omega watch to a plain white background under an excerpt from state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper quoting
For his second collection, Belal moved on to a new medium – book covers – in an attempt to highlight "surprise and error elements", Hamza said.
Using a variety of desktop printers, he reprinted book covers to highlight where "the error contributes to the artistic project" in every print, he said. With each printer Belal used to reprint book covers, the results were different and unexpected. At times, they even produced reprints with ink smudges on them, the artist explained.
Belal's third collection moves away from the old collage techniques he used with newspapers, to a "new, less accessible" style that investigates the abstract stylised patterns of disposable wrapping paper, Hamza said. The artist transforms the patterns from wrapping paper to other objects as mirrors and gypsum boards, investigating what forms an image and what hidden value disposable material he used could have.
As with the rest of the exhibited work, "the wrapping paper has no value by itself, but the intervention renders it into desirable artwork," said Hamza.
Belal studied Studio Art in
"Vacuum formed" can be viewed at
The exhibition is open until 10 July, Monday to Saturday from
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