Mandy El-Sayegh

Boundary Work: diagrams for soul stability modelled on viral attachment and entry

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Year 2021
Medium Biro and pencil on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm

About the work

Mandy El-Sayegh’s work displays thought diagrams from her journals in 2020, drawing on virology as a model to think through ideas of attachment, boundaries and care. Boundary Work describes acts that structure, maintain and break down boundaries between systems of knowledge. These become methods of processing signs from fragments, opening up space for the production of composites, where meaning is kept in a state of flux.

About the artist:

Born 1985 Malaysia, Mandy El-Sayegh lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Mixed Media Fine Art, University of Westminster, London (2007); and MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London (2009).

El-Sayegh’s process-driven practice is rooted in an exploration of material and language. Executed across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video, her work investigates the formation and break-down of systems of order, creating layered anthologies from found text and images. Set adrift from their original contexts, these fragments become open to multiple readings that are personally, socially or politically determined and undermine the supposed objectivity of language and media. By emphasising the boundaries of her chosen medium, El-Sayegh draws attention to the systems that determine how information is categorised, contained and understood.

Selected solo exhibitions include Mandy El-Sayegh: The Amateur and problems with metaphor, Home Works 8: A Forum on Cultural Practices, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2019); Mandy El-Sayegh: White Grounds, Bétonsalon, Paris (2019); Dispersal, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (2019); Cite Your Sources, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2019); Mandy El-Sayegh: assembled at Tell el Ajjūl, The Mistake Room, Guadalajara (2018); MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED, Lehmann Maupin, New York (2018); Figured Ground: Meshworks, Carl Kostyál, London (2017); Taking Part, Galerie Mihai Nicodim, Bucharest (2016); and This is a sign, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Searching the Sky for Rain, SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2019); Ecologies of Darkness, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2019); Deterioro y Poder, Instituto de Vision, Bogota (2018); Lessons in Agronomy, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2017); The Mask Makers,curated by Marcel Dzama, David Zwirner, Independent Art Fair, Brussels (2017); Boundary Work, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, curated by Christine Tohme, Sharjah (2017); Room Services (with Oscar Murillo and Yutaka Sone), New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York (2016); For Pete’s Sake, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm (2016); and Elizabeth House, Elizabeth House, London (2011).

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