Tarek Zaki, Egypt
Tarek Zaki's work deals with such themes as the passage of time, civilizations, memory and the representation of history and the past. By creating, monuments, museums and artifacts (as sculpture installations). Zaki interrogates how contemporary and future generations read the past The idea of a museum as an institution of historical facts is made ambiguous and blurred as the objects he exhibits are themselves often unclear. This lack of a defining truth leads the viewer to create stories and theories that are superimposed onto reality. Zaki uses polyester, plaster and concrete to create his objects and structures. His work is both monumental and detail-oriented Zaki's recent shows include: Methodologies at the Haunch of venison in London; Collection Dubai at the SMART Project Space in Amsterdam: Museum as Hub at the The New Museum in New York: Monument X at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo; and Out of Place at Galerie Sfeir-Semler in Beirut He has recently been shortlisted for a public art commission by Percentfor Art in New York, and The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Berlin.
Tarek Zaki was born in 1975, he lives and works in Cairo.