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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 55

    Youssef Nabil (Egyptian, b. 1972)

    Self Portrait Vincennes

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    Youssef Nabil (Egyptian, b. 1972)
    Self Portrait Vincennes
    hand-painted silver gelatin print
    29 x 45in. (75 x 115cm.)
    Executed in 2003, this work is number three from an edition of three
    edition of three.

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    Youssef Nabil's self portraits are executed in muted tones of paint complimenting a nuanced approach to light and shadow. Each tightly cropped and guarded composition contains palpable pangs of longing and displacement and a heavy sense of yearning. Undercurrents of dreaming and death are prominent: Self Portrait, Vincennes, 2003 shows a lifeless body stretched out under the green foliage of the Parisian woods, as if sleeping, or lying devoid of life.

    Beautiful, conflicting and at times unsettling, Nabil's self-portraits offer an in-depth narrative with the intertwining of the eternal with quasi interchangeable states of death and slumber. While his
    previous work has been heavily influenced by the photo-novellas which once accompanied the classic cinema, his self-portraits seem to more wholly embrace the genre.

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    Octavio Zaya, Youssef Nabil, Ghada Amer, Faten Hamama and Shirin Neshat, YOUSSEF NABIL: I won't let you die, Ostfildern, 2008 (illustrated in colour p. 239)