CHANT AVEDISSIAN: CAIRO STENCILS (2006)
Edited and with an introduction by Rose Issa
Egyptian-Armenian artist Chant Avedissian has a huge international following, eager for his witty, nostalgic interpretations of Egypt’s Golden Age, from King Farouk’s early reign to the death of President Nasser – an era when Egypt hungrily pursued modernity. The iconic figures in Avedissian's canvases include legendary singers Om Kulthoum and Asmahan; screen sirens Shadia and Hind Rostom; heart-throbs Farid al-Atrash and Abdel Halim Hafez; statesmen such as Gamal Abdel Nasser; everyday figures from the 1950s and 60s – sportsmen, women, soldiers; as well as the ancient hieroglyphs, scenes of rural life and advertising that instantly evoke the charm, rhythm and energy of this fascinating culture.
Saqi Books, 2006
Soft cover, 144 pages. 95 colour illustrations