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.
The ravaged sky, the dry fields and all the farmers’ dark and cold barns found refuge in the palm of her hand. Magic was all around, but everyone knew magic was for dreamers and palm readers and they let the day end the way it began. The following day, they woke up to the revelation that magic is the art of surprise. #instaBMstory
He wore three colorful inner tube ring floats from his waist up to his neck. He held a pineapple in one hand and a dead earthworm in the other. As the midday sun and gravity collaborated to reshape his thoughts, it became clear that waiting for a fish to evolve in a moss paradise was nothing but a practical joke, just like the fate of his decaying bait. #instaBMstory #gonefishing
First there were people then there were masks. Then there were different masks, then there were rulers and ruled citizens – people. Then the rulers switched masks, then the people were made to believe they also switched masks from time to time. Then there were more people and endless masks. Eventually plastic was invented and the people made masks that lived forever, both for their rulers and for themselves. #plasticmasks #liveforever #historyoftheworld #accordingtomasks #instaBMstory Special thanks to @gerasimoupinelopi
After thousands of years of water and air making small talk in half-filled glasses, this particular amount of tap water and air that populated a half-filled clear plastic cup saw the truth like they saw their shadows on a sunny day; their mere existence signaled their impending demise. They held hands and romantically danced towards the uncertainty of their future with big smiles on their invisible faces. #instaBMstory #newbeginnings #thefuture