A muted voice travels from deep beneath the surface like an eruption. It speaks of its might and our disillusioned reality. It speaks of its ancestors, their ghosts and the cosplay games they play while conversing about the unreachable islands on an alien abducted moon.

This is the place where sunsets look like frozen fireworks trapped inside a magic lamp. This is the endless road paved with turquoise humility.

This is my enigmatic lover whose fate is forever intertwined with mine.

Basim Magdy, No Shooting Stars, 2016, Super 16mm and GIF animations transferred to Full HD. 14 min. 25 sec. (co-commissioned by Jeu de Paume, Paris, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux)

Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt, and lives and works in Basel and Cairo. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mathaf, Doha (2017) MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Warsaw; HOME, Manchester, UK; Art in General, New York; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York (2013); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2011); Mass MOCA, North Adams, USA and Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale dʼart contemporain, Rennes, (2010). He won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014), Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016). His films were screened at Tate Modern, London; The New York Film Festival, New York and International Film Festival Rotterdam.


No Shooting Stars (2016), The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys (2014), The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness (2014), The Dent (2014), Crystal Ball (2013), Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship (2012), 13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World (2011), On The Good Earth (2011), My Father Looks For An Honest City (2010), A Film About The Way Things Are (2010), Turtles All The Way Down (2009), Maybe There is a Message (2008), Two Days to Apocalypse (2003)