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Artist Takeover: Basim Magdy

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Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. 64 chromogenic development prints from chemically altered slides on FujiFlex Crystal Archive metallic material; each: 18 9/10 × 28 3/10 in. (48 × 72 cm); installation dimensions variable. Commissioned by Deutsche Bank Art. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul. Installation view, Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Dec 10, 2016–Mar 19, 2017, MCA Chicago
Photo: Shauna Skalitzky

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The MCA is all about connecting our visitors to art, culture, and each other—whether they're visiting us in Chicago or connecting with us on social media. So when Basim Magdy asked to takeover our Instagram feed a few weeks ago we jumped at the chance to reveal the artist’s art to a broader audience. Not only did he send us beautiful images to post over the course of the week, he also told a poetic story through his captions.

As part of the exhibition, Magdy invited visitors to take over his exhibition by reinterpreting his art and practice and posting their creations to social media using #BasimToldMeTo. Though the exhibition closes this weekend, there's still time to participate in his project. Discover more about his artworks and how to participate here.

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