This year, December started with a bang for a lot of artists and art enthusiasts when Medrar announced that they will be hosting the fourth edition of Naema’s Office Is Bleeding. If you don’t have a hand on the art world’s pulse, then you might not know about the peculiarly named event. Naema’s Office Is Bleeding is a painting and collage workshop facilitated by the king of pop art himself Hany Rashed.
It’s an opportunity for artists from every discipline, both professional and amateur, to come together under the tutorship of the renowned Egyptian artist to learn the basics of collage and how they can use virtually any material in any medium to create something original and expressive. In each workshop, all these students put their complete faith in Rashed and trust him to guide them with a callous attitude that doesn’t necessarily save their feelings but will always steer them in the right direction.
Rashed is a self-taught artist who worked closely with renowned artist Mohamed Abla – who became his mentor. He continuously reinvents himself and his work by experimenting with a wide range of techniques such as collage, monotype, painting and sculpting. His audience always recognizes his work no matter the medium he chooses to express his ideas and concepts in. The artist has held several workshops in many Egyptian galleries and elsewhere. His work has been featured all around Europe and Egypt, so it makes sense that all his students admire him. Staggering numbers applied to the workshop this year, so much that Medrar management decided to host three different groups. The workshop culminated in an exhibition curated by Rashed as well as the workshop’s co-facilitator Mona Essam, where the public can go check out the fruits of the workshop as well as buy any pieces they feel connected to. The exhibit will be on till the 24th of December then will be closed for the holidays and will open again from the 9th till the 20th of January.