Chant Avedissian
Born in Cairo, Egypt 1951. Lives and works in Cairo. Coming from Christian Armenian traditions due to his origins, but raised and educated inside the Egyptian culture and schools, he and his work had been always committed to the identity of nations, traditions and culture. He studied Fine Art at the School of Art and Design, Montreal, Canada and printmaking at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. On his return to Egypt, he worked closely with the architect Hassan Fathy, whose philosophies would be a lasting influence and for whom he created a vast photographic archive. He has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at the Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales (2010); the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2000); Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1998); Leighton House Museum, London (1995); Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris (1990). He has also appeared in several group shows, most recently "Re-Orientations II", Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Arabicity", curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut and the Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool (2010); “Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin (2009); “Re-Orientations: Contemporary Arab Representations”, European Parliament, Brussels (2008) and “Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin (2009). Chant Avedissian, Self Portrait, Colour pigments on cardboard, 50 X 70 cm, 2000