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From Clay Animism to Bandung Aesthetic: The Art of Sayeda Massak, Samira Hosny, Yehya Bu Seri', Bodour Girgis

Sayeda Massak, Mother with Child, clay, date unknown. Photograph: Emad el Farouk
Maxa Zoller examines the terracotta sculptures of Egyptian artists Sayeda Massak, Samira Hosny, Yehya Bu Seri’ and Bodour Girgis as an entry point to a critical investigation of the historiography of Egyptian modern art. For Zoller, these works cut across modernist divides of realism and medium essentialism, and articulate an ‘aesthetic of thirdness’.