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March 10, 2023

Mixed Media Artist Sherin Guirguis Begins Residency at Shangri La

Guirguis Transforming Shangri La's Playhouse into Artist Studio to Create Original Artwork

Exhibitions of Sherin Guirguis’ artwork opening in March 2023 at Shangri La and Honolulu Museum of Art

HONOLULU - Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design announces its next Artist-In-Residence, Sherin Guirguis, from March 7 to 19, 2023. Guirguis, a multimedia artist, creates projects that prompt dialogue about power, agency, and social transformation among audiences.

During the two weeks of her residency, Sherin Guirguis will be creating a mixed media work on-site at Shangri La – transforming the museum’s Playhouse into her studio to produce an original work in response to the museum and her research into landscapes, identity, and gender. The artwork will be displayed on-site at Shangri La in March after its completion.

Guirguis will also be exhibiting her latest series of artworks at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), in an exhibition titled “ A’aru // Field of Reeds”, co-curated by Shangri La and HoMA, on view, from March 9 to June 18, 2023.

During her residency, Guirguis will host an invitation-only ink-making workshop for painting students from Leeward Community College (LCC), and deliver a public artist talk in conversation with HoMA’s Associate Director of Education, Christine Boutros and Shangri La’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Dr. Leslee Michelsen, on March 17th at HoMA.

“After two years of delay due to COVID-19, I’m so thrilled to finally arrive at Shangri La,” said Guirguis. “For an artist who is also a working mom and teacher, this is a rare and cherished gift of time. I am so honored to be invited here by Leslee to create new work, conduct research and recharge. Thank you to the entire Shangri La team for such a warm welcome.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Sherin to Shangri La - we began working on her project during the pandemic, and it’s a joy to be able to share our conversations now with the myriad audiences of Shangri La.” said Dr. Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. “Sherin’s work is a powerful examination of agency, identity, and transformation - it speaks to this moment, while also looking to the past and the future. It’s mighty in both breadth and depth, yet almost heartbreakingly delicate in execution. It’s a kind of quiet rhythm that gathers in both speed and volume as you drink it in. I can’t wait to hear how people respond.”

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