Basim Magdy: The Dent

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Basim Magdy’s, The Dent is a multi-layered video mixing together documentary footage, field recordings and written text by the artist. Magdy’s work layers film footage and text to produce a surrealistic visual essay, balancing the bleakness of contemporary conditions with sensitive humour.

Shot between Paris, New York, Brussels, Quebec, Basel, Madeira, Prague and Venice, among other locations, the scenes are lent an aura similar to that of early cinema by the familiar grain and saturated tones of 16mm film – a medium that the artist favours. Magdy’s film draws from life, capturing absurd details and everyday beauty, seeking the uncanny within manmade environments.

The film was commissioned in 2014 through the Abraaj Group Art Prize, and the full collection of the Prize is on long-term loan to Art Jameel.