Ahmed Askalany’s work aims to synthesize traditional materials with the craft methods derived during the days of ancient Egypt. Characteristics of Askalany’s works are the aesthetic forms that place an emphasis on both structure and volume, as well as an innocent sense of isolation that reflects frankness, candour, and a poetic sensitivity. By doing so, Askalany’s work challenges the very notion of “craft” and its place in the larger artistic landscape.
Born in 1978 in Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt, Askalany currently lives and works in Cairo. His work has been showcased in a variety of exciting venues and exhibitions worldwide, including being a representative of Egypt in the 2009 Venice Biennale.