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Painter, photographer and textile designer Chant Avedissian was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1951 where he died in 2019.


He studied Fine Art at the School of Art and Design, Montreal, Canada and printmaking at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, 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 DC (2000); Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1996); British Council, Cairo Egypt (1998); Leighton House Museum, London (1995); and Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris (1990).

He has also appeared in many group shows: "Arabicity/Ourouba" at the MEI, Washington DC, USA (2019); "Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015", Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); "What Remains I", Rose Issa Projects (2014); "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); " Love Affairs", IFA Galleries, Stuttgart, Bonn and Berlin, curated by Rose Issa (2003);“The Shape of Memories” (In Morpheus Armen), Berchem Cultural Center, Antwerp, Belgium, curated byRose Issa (1998); "The Art of African Textiles", Barbican Art Gallery, London (1995).

His work is collected by several public and private institutions worldwide, including the British Museum, London; the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of African Art, both in Washington DC; The Guggenhein Museum, Abu Dhabi; the Farjam Collection, Dubai; and the National Gallery of Jordan, Amman.

He is also the subject of two books: Chant Avedissian – Patterns, Costumes and Stencils (Saqi Books, 2009) and Chant Avedissian – Cairo Stencils (Saqi Books 2006), as well as participating in Signs of Our Times (Merrell Publishing, 2016).



cairo stencils

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