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421 Abu Dhabi | Hana El-Sagini | The Institute for Emerging Art

Hana El-Sagini at 421 Arts Campus /photos

Hana El-Sagini at 421 Arts Campus /photos

IranArt : The exhibition "Hana El-Sagini: Counting Fingers" is on display at 421 Arts Campus, Abu Dhabi.

 Hana El-Sagini is an Egyptian multidisciplinary artist who works with Painting, Installation and Sculpture exploring themes of memory, trauma and loss through glorifying everyday stories, spaces and objects.

In this major solo exhibition, Hana El-Sagini presents a newly commissioned large-scale installation rooted in the instability and fragility of the human experience.

The installation showcases over 200 fantastical ceramic objects, culminating in surreal sculptures and structures that replicate and reimagine healthcare spaces, such as medical waiting rooms, hospital corridors, and doctors' offices. These spaces, typically perceived as sterile and stoic domains, are transformed into dreamlike sites that are bizarre, eerie, and amusing. Taking over Gallery 1, the showcased work immerses visitors in the artist's deeply personal world.

Counting Fingers reflects El-Sagini's intimate perspective on trauma. Produced after a long battle with illness, the objects featured in this exhibition encourage viewers to find joy and humor in envisioning a strange world where humans, animals, plants, and inanimate objects blend into semi-distinguishable forms and figures. Provocative and elusive, the exhibition prompts us to pause and contemplate the inherent mechanisms within our nervous systems that enable us to endure pain, trauma, fear, and adversity. These mechanisms, both human and supernatural, empower us to overcome and internalize trauma in ways that may potentially reconnect us with our vulnerability and, ultimately, our humanity.

El-Sagini is a participant in the 2024 cycle of the 421 Artistic Development Program, organized in partnership with The Institute for Emerging Art.

This exhibition continues until April 28, 2024.

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