Untitled

Untitled

Artist: Tarek Zaki

Untitled, 2008
Plaster and cement
Dimensions variable
Courtesy Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

At the core of Tarek Zaki’s work is a fascination with the opposition of the iconic and the banal. Zaki’s recent, untitled work deals with themes such as the passage of time, memory, and the presentation of history and the past. In his work, the artist casts objects from hardware and D.I.Y. stores so as to turn them into fragments of a small-scale city. By creating museums, artifacts, and monuments, Zaki interrogates how contemporary and future generations read the past: the idea of a museum as an institution of historical fact is made ambiguous and blurred as the objects he exhibits defy conventional categorization.