Youssef Nabil

Youssef Nabil

by Marina AbramovicYoussef Nabil and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Hardback Publication Date: 12/09/2013

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The influence of cinema is evident in Egyptian photographer Youssef Nabil's work, which oscillates between a personal photographic journal and portraits featuring internationally renowned film stars, directors, popular musicians, artists, architects, and choreographers. He uses an unusual technique of coloring gelatine silver prints by hand or drawing over color prints of subjects ranging from self-portraits to landscapes to portraits. This technique was inspired by seeing Egyptian artists color film posters in his youth. Using this technique-part photography and part painting-he creates an imaginary reality that reflects both the paradoxes of the Middle East today and the flamboyant fantasies of the golden age of Egyptian film in the cosmopolitan prerevolutionary years in Cairo. He has also photographed many international stars, including Sting, John Waters, David Lynch, Isabella Rosselini, Paolo Coelho, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Julian Schnabel, Omar Sharif, and Robert Wilson. Since 2003, he has produced a number of self-portraits that reflect his dislocated life away from Egypt-often from behind or in profile, and either naked or in a djellaba - in settings linked to his childhood or his travels: at the Alexandria port, or in Istanbul, Cairo, Paris, Marseille, or Los Angeles. These scenes portray a combination of worldly realities and serene dreams, loneliness and fame, eroticism and death. This beautifully produced monograph is completed by a critical essay from Hans Ulrich Obrist and an interview with artist Marina Abramovic, which offer incisive perspectives that elucidate the creative trajectory and evolution of the artist.
ISBN:
9782081301115
9782081301115
Category:
Individual photographers
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
12-09-2013
Language:
English, French
Publisher:
Editions Flammarion
Country of origin:
France
Pages:
248
Dimensions (mm):
310x240x30mm
Weight:
1.89kg
Marina Abramovic

Born in Belgrade just after the end of the Second World War, Marina Abramovic (born 1946) was raised in the Serbian Orthodox Church (her great uncle was a Patriarch and a canonized saint in the Church) and left Yugoslavia in 1976, having already established herself as a performance artist, living in Amsterdam and eventually New York, where she presently lives.

In 2010 she was the subject of an enormously popular retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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