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Sherin Guirguis - Artists - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Courtesy of Sherin Guirguis Studio. Photo by: Hesham El Saifi

Through her practice, Guirguis investigates states of displacement, in-betweenness and the politics of place. Using site, text, and recovered histories as the core of each series, she develops projects that engage audiences in a dialogue about power, agency, and social transformation. Her research-based practice is a means to heighten awareness of marginalized and contested histories, in particular, those of women which are often forgotten or erased. She aims to make the invisible work of historically underrecognized women visible once more. 

Guirguis cross-pollinates architecture, text, and oral histories  creating paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations that reactivate lost narratives. The work problematizes the history of decoration and ornamentation and its relationship with social structures, cultural identity and Women’s agency. The connection between the materials, processes and  formal aspects are crucial to the stories’ retelling. These are embedded into each work  culminating in a visual code through which viewers can access these histories and, through abstraction, experience a sensory activation of  the liminal experience of migration.

Sherin Guirguis (b.Luxor, Egypt, 1974) obtained her MFA in painting from the University of Nevada in 2001 and her BA in art from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1997. Guirguis’ work has recently been featured in solo museum exhibitions nationally and internationally, including A’Aru//Field of Reeds: Chapter I at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI, and an artist residency with a site-specific installation, A’Aru//Field of Reeds: Chapter II with the Doris Duke Foundation at the Shangri La Museum, Honolulu, HI; Here I Have Returned, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, MN; Bint El Nil, Tahrir Cultural Center, American University, Cairo, Egypt; We Must Risk Delight, Official Collateral Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy; Of Thorns and Love, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. Guirguis has exhibited site-specific installations at internationally recognized sites, including, Forever Is Now, Art D’Égypte, UNESCO World Heritage Site: Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt; Desert X Biennial, AlUla, Saudi Arabia; and One I Call, Desert X Biennial, Palm Springs, CA. Notable group exhibitions include Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; a public art commission for METRO Los Angeles, Aviation Station, K Line, Los Angeles, CA; Converging Lines: Tracing the Artistic Lineage of the Arab Diaspora in the U.S., Middle East Institute Gallery, Washington, DC; US Expo Pavilion, Dubai 2020, Dubai, UAE; Making Time, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. 

Guirguis has been awarded several prestigious grants and fellowships, including the Zumberge Diversity and Equity Award 2021, the 2014–2015 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, the 2012 California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, and the Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Reviews and features have examined her work in Artforum, Canvas, The New York Times, The Guardian, Brownbook, Canvas, Flash Art, Art LTD, Beautiful/Decay, The Los Angeles Times, and Artweek, among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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