Black...White...Color, by Rabab Nemr
Catherine Cornet - 25/02/2005
An Egyptian Artist, Nemr graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria in 1963 and later earned a doctoral in Art from the San Fernando Academy, University of Madrid, in 1977. She is a Member of the Syndicate of Fine Artists, the Cairo Atelier, and the Alexandria Atelier. She has been Department Director for the Plastic Arts at the Palaces of Cultural in Alexandria.
She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Egypt and abroad (Jordan, Bulgaria, Kuwait, India, Qatar& Rumania), along with yearly national exhibitions held in Cairo & Alexandria.
Among the Collections in which Nemr’s work appears are the Tito Museum in Yugoslavia, the Egyptian Cultural Center in Paris, the Museum of the Modern Art in Jordan and the International Conference Center in Cairo. She currently lives and works in Rome and Cairo. Her selected group exhibitions include:Forces of Change, Artists of the Arab World, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, 1994. Her selected solo exhibitions include: Akhnaton Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 1988. Abyia Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait 1988.Palace of Cultural Gallery, Al-Arish, Seif Wanly Gallery, Alexandria, Ragab Papyrus Gallery, Cairo and Akhnaton Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 1987.& the Akhnaton & Ragab Papyrus Galleries, Cairo, 1984, Palace of Culture and the Muhammad Nagy Galleries in Alexandria, Egypt, 1984.
Her very personal and subjective work does not come from a direct observation but rather from a dialogue between real life observation and the impression she gets from it. In a recent interview with Al Ahram Weekly she described her painting process in these terms: "I always painted from memory. I reassemble images from my memory to suit the world of any one specific painting (..).I have endless conversations with the figures in my paintings, and stop painting only when they ask me to stop talking to them. The process of painting is like composing a symphony: you never know where it will take you. When a viewer passes a painting of mine quickly, I feel they haven't been sufficiently involved with it to appreciate it: they haven't had time to sympathise with it. You have to enter the painting, to conduct your own internal dialogue with it..."
The Opening reception of the exhibition will take place on Sunday 27th of February 2005, at 7:00pm.