Ahmed El Gendy
My artistic practice dives and floats in and through togetherness, proximity, and entanglement. I often work in collaboration, engaging with the materiality of ropes, water, heavy bodies, and long duration.
For my current research, I am curious about ‘ecotones’ and ‘liminality’ as starting points from which I am investigating
states of transition.. movements of transition..
spaces in between.. moments in between..
contexts of transfer.. actions of transfer..
modes of handing-over.. modes of passing-through..
If ‘relay’ is the act of passing something from one person to the next; then the moving body being passed itself is in a state/space of transition from a relationship with one situation towards a relationship with another situation..
where/when does this one person end and the next person start?.. how does it feel to be arriving at the ‘next’ situation?.. how/does the moving body separate from the ‘previous’ situation?
An ecotone is a transition area between two biological communities, where two communities meet and integrate. […] (e.g.: the zone between a field and a forest) – Wikipedia.org
Liminality is a state of transition between one stage and the next, especially between major stages in one's life or during a rite of passage. – Dictionary.com
About Ahmed El Gendy
Ahmed El Gendy (Cairo, 1987) is an artist/choreographer based in the Netherlands. They/He studied dance at Studio Emad Eddin Foundation in Cairo, Egypt (2011), and holds a bachelor in choreography from the SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (2019).
They worked as performer and collaborator on film, theatre and dance creations with artists Arno Schuitemaker, Mohamed Shawky Hassan, Olivier Dubois, Andreas Hannes, Laurence Rondoni, Sandrine Maisonneuve, Laila Soliman, Adham Hafez, Shaymaa Shoukry, and Joaquin Wall.
Ahmed works through video and live performance; physically experimenting and exploring notions of agency and interdependance. Their works showed at Mediterranea 16 Biennale in Ancona, Italy (2013), and at Festifreak International Festival for Independent Cinema in La Plata, Argentina (2019)