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Youssef Nabil: Once Upon a Dream

Palazzo Grassi Venice Art

“The technique I got from Egypt,” explains the artist Youssef Nabil, who was born in Cairo, “but the colors I got from personal experience.” He is referring to his photographs. Nabil captures images in black and white, then hand paints them using a color-tinting technique that hails from old Egyptian portrait studios. The content of the work is contemporary, but the color palette, the vintage tints, suggest history ever-present—a frisson tugging between then and now. Along with Nabil’s acclaimed photographs, the exhibition features three of his film productions: Arabian Happy Ending, I Saved My Belly Dancer, and You Never Left. —E.C.

Palazzo Grassi Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
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