Delfina Foundation

Magdi Mostafa

London: 08/06/15 — 01/07/15

Magdi Mostafa is a Cairo-based artist who works primarily with site-specific, research-driven sound projects, multimedia installations, and experimental music. Exploring the conceptual relationships between sound and space, Mostafa's work often draws on his interests in the phenomenological experience of the individual in the city and the nostalgia of outmoded technologies. He began his experimental investigations into sound and architecture in 2001.

Mostafa's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Exhibitions include Sharjah Biennale 11; Jogjakarta Biennale XII; Surface of spectral scattering, at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt; Cairo Documenta; Art Dubai, in Dubai, UAE; Artissima12, in Turin, Italy; The One & The Multiple, in Barcelona, Spain; VisibilityProject8, in Istanbul, Turkey; and exhibitions at the Biblioteca of Alexandria, and the Cairo Opera House. Mostafa has got Sharjah Biennale prize, and also three prizes from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his work in the Salon of Youth, including the Grand Prize of 2007.

Mostafa has participated in residency programs in the U.S. and Europe, including at the Bronx Museum for the Arts (2010), Cittadell'arte in Italy (2011), and the Hanger Arts and Media Center in Spain (2009). His experimental electronic music and noise compositions have been hosted on different online radio stations, and were featured in a month-long solo program on 100radiostation.

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.