THE CLEANERS KROM BALGESKY, DESI TOSHEVA, THEODOR TODOROV
In February Massar Egbari, Egypt’s biggest rock band hailing from Alexandria on the Mediterranean, came to London to play at Cafe Oto. They visited Studio 75 to see their old friend from Alex, Nazir Tanbouli and we made this interview, you can see it here. In this 20 minute film they discuss life in Egypt today, the ongoing revolution, Egyptian music and art, the special culture of Alexandria and their own surprising “day jobs” – one is a policeman and another is curator of one of the most important cultural institutions in the world: the Alexandria Library. Not bad for a rock band. Check them out.
This coming week:
Jan 5 2013 12-6 pm
Sacred Marks is an ongoing series of ink drawings, coming out of my obsession with basic elementary mark making.
Studio75′s final project
Several Skeletons from the Same Closet
It is now the beginning of 2013 and it is time to look back on the last two years of Studio75. I started the studio with my wife, film-maker Gillian McIver, in January 2011. We wanted to create an artist-led space for both production of our own work, and for creating small exhibitions with different artists. These last two years have been exceptional. The studio has also been influential for most of the artists who have worked with us. A small ground floor studio flat in a council block became a cultural hub and a Bohemian refuge, gathering in a broad variety of people, artists and audiences.
However as you may already be aware, the physical space of Studio75 will soon cease to exist, as the whole block will be pulled down. Actually it should have gone almost 3 months ago, but for building delays.
Yet Studio75 will continue to exist, as a network of artist, friends, as an online organisation and presence until we find a new venue, and as an active inspiring framework.
Given that the Studio is in its last weeks, I would like to use the remaining time to share with you the bigger bulk of the work that I have produced here. Regardless what you may think you’ve seen from me in the last two years, it is only a fraction of what I’ve been doing. It’s time to let the skeletons out of the closet, and allow them to dance!
Therefore, I would like to invite you to visit Studio75. Every Saturday from 12 – 6 will be presented a different collection, exhibited for only one day.
Nazir Tanbouli 1.1.2013.
Curated by Gillian McIver, the books were created by school children in East London during workshops by artist Nazir Tanbouli.
Textile book won Honourable Mention in the category
NAZIR TANBOULI ACCEPTING THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON CREATIVE ENTERPRISE AWARD