Nader Sadek

Nader Sadek

"Worry in the House of Thieves," 2007
Digital metallic print
8.5" x 11"
limited edition 1 of 5
Courtesy of the artist
Estimated value: $200
Starting bid: $100


Born in Cairo in 1980, Nader Sadek attended the Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule in Cairo and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota, where he earned a BFA in graphic design (2004). That same year, his work was included in the group shows "Tessellation" at the Mira Gallery in Minneapolis and "Pick 2" at Cairo's Townhouse Gallery; solo exhibitions—"Celestial Victor" (2003) and "Paradox Complex" (2005)—both at the Townhouse Gallery, followed. In 2007 Sadek participated in "Convergence," a group show traveling to several cities in Egypt with support from the Ford Foundation, and debuted the work "Worry in the House of Thieves" in "Occidentalism," a group show organized by the Cairo gallery Espace Karim Francis. Sadek's first solo exhibition in New York was at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in 2007 and featured a series of limited edition prints titled "The Faceless." Selections from this series were also exhibited at the 2007 London Art Fair and the 2008 Editions/Artists' Books Fair. "Worry in the House of Thieves" was shown in 2007 at the Scope Hamptons art fair, and in 2008 at the Jersey City Musuem. "The Faceless" is currently on display at the Ramapo College, New Jersey, as part of the group show featuring Louise Bourgeois. Sadek is the recipient of a sponsorship from BNP Paribas (2005) and grants from the Ford Foundation (2006), the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (2007), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2008).

About the piece:

"'Worry in the House of Thieves' invites the viewer to an elegant dining experience: on the menu, a flesh-like wrench wrought from petroleum-based synthetics. The Victorian furniture, china and flatware provide the ambiance of Western haute cuisine. Even more than the Syrian tablecloth, the flesh-wrench disturbs the refined ambiance and magnifies the rupture between the relentless mechanical exploitation of natural resources and the façade of elegant and refined delectation. 'Worry in the House of Thieves' thereby exposes the necessary illusion that segregates brutal processes of production from blissful moments of consumption."

Artist statement:

"Since 2003, my work has centered upon the creation of conceptually based objects and installations. Through my work, I deconstruct contemporary attitudes of cross-cultural antagonism evident in the often axiomatic decrees of government, as well as, in the subtext of local mores. While political implications are unavoidable, I focus on similarities between cultures and their perceived differences. My work addresses issues including: the human quest for immortality, modern materialism, the ideational impact of petroleum, and consumer reliance on artificiality over the natural. These themes are threaded metaphorically in my work, by frequent use of petroleum based chemicals in the molds I create. All industrial societies have a thirst for this commodity; will seek it out in the name of 'self-preservation,' and will harm it and others over what is essentially an ancient composition of former living creatures."

Worry in the House of Thieve
Worry in the House of Thieve
Alwan Auction 2016

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