My Place Is the Placeless: Sherin Guirguis

Lecture | November 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Sherin Guirguis

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

Sherin Guirguis, Visual Artist

Egypt-born, Los Angeles–based artist Sherin Guirguis discusses her work, which investigates narratives and histories that have often been forgotten, marginalized, or erased. Using a specific site, related text (poems, biographies, songs), and historical research as the core of each series, Guirguis develops projects that engage audiences in a dialogue about power, agency, and social transformation through art. The connection between the content of the work and its formal aspects—materials, colors, patterns—is crucial, creating a visual language through which viewers can access lost narratives.

Sherin Guirguis was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974. She received her BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Raised in Cairo, she lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She is Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Art at the University of Southern California. Guirguis has had solo museum exhibitions at the Crafts and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles (2018), the American University’s Tahrir Cultural Center, Cairo (2019) and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2013). Her work was features in Desert X 2017 and has also been shown internationally in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE; Gudalajara, Mexico; Frankfurt, Germany and Venice, Italy. Guirguis’ artworks are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Orange County Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Fine Art; and the Las Vegas Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art has also been acquired by the Public Art Commission of the Metropolitan Authority of Los Angeles and by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.

The series is co-curated by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice; American Indian Graduate Program; Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media; and Graduate School of Journalism, and by the City of Richmond.

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