«Dream Travel» … A plastic journey into the innermost human being

Man has been interested in portraying himself since antiquity, carving something similar in rocks, cave walls and caves and since then the relationship between him and art has not been severed. And in the exhibition of the Egyptian academic Dr. Zakaria Ahmed Al-Qadi, which is held in the “Salah Taher” hall at the Egyptian Opera House (Central Cairo), we live with her again a set of reflections and fantasies for the first. human from the beginning of creation to the present day, through 24 oil paintings.

The artist intertwines a unique vision for man by saying that during all the different eras and civilizations he has gone through, he never stopped dreaming and predicting the future.

Dr. Zakaria El-Kady, once Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Minya University and a full-time professor in the photography department at the faculty, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I am always obsessed with the special world. of the man in whom he can be found, and can do it as he pleases, and swim around him without restraint, during which the dream follows him from his childhood, so that he experiences it in waking and in sleep ; “Because dreams go on for as long as life goes on.” He continues: “It is ironic that we always know the beginning of a dream, but we are ignorant of its end, which provokes the artist to embody the transformations and stages of dreams in human life.

There are many cases of people in works between happiness and misery, stability and alienation, love and hate, waiting and gaining moments of fulfillment of desires. Classic style, symbols and connotations are intertwined with the structure of the work, which show that he has a special philosophy that praises man. He says: “The human being is at the center of my work; “With it, life is fair and without it there is no value.”

The viewer feels that the features of the characters’ faces are lines drawn from time and that have left traces in them and turned it into a painting with expressive values ​​that radiate in the soul many and contradictory feelings.

From the civilizations of his homeland, folklore and environment, the artist recalled many elements, motifs, animals and birds that gave his works a special richness, influenced by his upbringing in a popular neighborhood, and then his residence in the city of Minya (Upper. Egypt), and he explains: My life is divided into two parts, to whom I opened my eyes; When I was born in a popular neighborhood rich in its history and originality, which is the ancient neighborhood Shubra, and in it I saw the Mawlids, Al-Aragoz and the World Fund and heard the tales of folk legends, such as. Abu Zayd, Antara and Saif bin Zayy Jazan, in addition to love and affection stories like Hasan and Naima, Aziza and Yunus. And the stories of (One Thousand and One Nights), and (the birth of our teacher, The Guardian), all of these for me were an inexhaustible source, I extracted them from him and I still do today.

As for the second part of the judge’s life, he was influenced by Minya, “during his years of study and work and the train journeys to and from him, for more than 35 years, journeys that still remain in my memory and sentimental, and provided me with many dreams and periods of reflection on the traits and characters of our families; Where he allowed me to approach them, to hear their stories and through this experience I find them accumulating on the surface of my paintings. “

And the judge continues: “The features of their faces did not leave me, because as if they were the faces of ordinary, marginalized people who do not feel and know no one, but have more rigidity and patience than the bear. so you can not help but feel their strength in the ability to overcome despair, to turn their dreams around, and to achieve them calmly.

In the works of the exhibition, as in the previous exhibitions, his interest in the place stands out, which he explains by saying: “For the aesthetic and spiritual value; Especially the old quarters in which we marked the memories on the walls, the streets of which held our dreams; That’s why he lives in us and we can smell our days in his streets. ” Among the places that occupy a large area in his art are the oases, about which he says: “I traveled to it and drank from the source of pure and pristine beauty in it, the oases have remained in my memory in their various places ; Where Bagwat tombs, temples, mountains, rocks, palm trees, running water springs and the city (Al-Qasr) with its magical influence due to its unique metaphysical feeling.

Although he draws his drawings from a realistic terrain that incorporates elements found in the Egyptian environment, he takes us to a new reality with a special charm, reformulating these elements from local and popular themes using an abundance of lines and colors. . He says: “The Egyptian artist is lucky because he is the son of a civilized heritage. Stretching for thousands of years from the primitive era, through the pharaoh, to modern civilization, with everything that includes anxiety, steady speed and development, all this touches him, he sees it, preserves it and melts it in the navel of his creativity. ”

Al-Qadi adds: “For me, pharaonic and popular myths have always been my interest and I asked myself many questions about the meaning of universality, identity and ways of difference; “Especially during my studies at the Academy of Arts in Rome, and I found the answer to what perfection is to be yourself and no one else.” He continues: “The window from which I looked at the ancient arts was the window of inspiration and search in the memory of time for our rich private origins and vocabulary, which keep our fingerprints over time.”

Zakaria Al-Qadi uses oil paints on canvas, based on emotional state and expressive flowing energy, through the method of free association; Where he places the elements and organizes them on the surface of the painting and wraps it with the idea, to represent an aesthetic message, through colorful deliveries that radiate joy and gladness and push to endure the harshness of life, taking care of the roughness of the surface for him emphasizing human traits, emphasizing: “This is the message I send to the recipient through my work.” .

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