Organic architecture presents new and old artworks by artist Ahmed Badry, whose interest revolves around everyday items and spaces, and the multiple ways through which they disrupt order and codes placed upon them.
The bizarre appearance of the objects and the buildings in the drawings acts as a tool to propose a non-conformative performativity. Despite their dangerous and precarious look, they strive to regain a function, resisting disposal and demolition. The body of works reflects on capitalist structures, while enhancing alternative agency outside of the grid of the global economy and the system of production and consumption.
The blue-lined drawing are part of The Provisionary that Lasts, a long-lasting project on discarded objects combined in the attempt to recover usefulness. Badry considers the assemblages as ‘hybrid objects’ functioning as tokens for speculation on alternative narratives of production.
The series Organic Architecture presents twelve new drawings of architectures in which construction appear to be illogic or unsafe. With a reference to the politics of illegal housing and the social relations implied within the real estate, these spaces describe the ability to adjust when living in informal areas. At large, they are a metaphor for approaching everyday life and its farcicalities.
Badry combines the idea of inanimate objects and constructed buildings with the concept of organisms and hybrids, considering these unusual inventions as entities able to sustain themselves against all the odds.
- Flavia Malusardi, 2021
Ahmed Badry (b. Egypt, 1979) works across sculpture, installation, moving image, often drawing that propose objects without utility, attempting to manifest usefulness. He homes in on people’s microeconomics, tracing and investigating their structures. Badry`s practice stands at the crossroads of sociology, economy, and language.The works are not documentary but offer robust portraits of people and places that are often invisible or hidden from the mainstream. He locates hybrid objects that exist independently of, and at times, avoid or use global systems.
Badry held MFA at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2020. In 2017, he completed the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon, and a BA in Art Education at Helwan University, Cairo, in 2003. Badry has also participated in residencies at Delfina Foundation, London, and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Solo exhibitions include Portmanteau at Letitia Gallery Beirut, Lebanon (2018) and The Provisionary That Lasts at Medrar, Cairo, Egypt (2014)
Flavia Malusardi is an independent curator, researcher and art writer. Her work focuses on the contemporary arts and visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa, with an interest in archival and collecting practices within post-colonial contexts. She holds a Master’s degree in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East from SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies and she is concluding a 2-year MA in Visual Cultures and Curatorial Practice at Accademia di Brera (Milan). She lived in Cairo and Dubai, where she worked as a curator and collaborated with local galleries. She curates Vista Sud, a bi-momthly column featured in Osservatorio Futura.