Karim Noureldin, Equinox, installation view at von Bartha, Basel, 11 June to 27 July 2019, courtesy of ‘von Bartha’, photo by Ben Koechlin.
Equinox: Ode to paper and textiles Karim Noureldin has a passion for delicate materials. By transforming his largescale drawings into precious carpet works, the Swiss-Egyptian artist helps in preserving the rare, century-old ‘Panza rug technique’ from Western India. From 11 June to 27 July, the unique rug works, floor and wood paintings can be found at ‘von Bartha’ Gallery in Basel.
large-scale drawings are transformed into precious, unique textile works. In his interview with Discover Germany, the artist reveals how he found the right technique and his passion for art.
TEXT: HANNAH KROLLE
A journey to Jaipur, West India
Squares, triangles and lines find harmony in Noureldin’s large drawings. Using both bold shining colours and fine lines on a white background, his works unify the artist’s passion for abstract forms and fine substances. “I have always been attracted to works on paper. In the last 15 years, colours became more and more important. But the language of my works is still the same,” the artist says. 82 | Issue 76 | July 2019
Raised in the German-speaking part of Switzerland by an Egyptian father and a German mother, the 52-year-old has lived in New York, Rome, London and Cairo before he settled with his family in Lausanne. “When you are young, you need external influence,” he advises. International influences also find expression in his new project, Equinox. In cooperation with Indian carpet makers, Noureldin’s
“The rugs should keep alive the delicate character of my drawings. That’s what I like about the ‘Panza technique’. But people who still know the century-old manufacturing process were hard to find,” Noureldin says. After almost two years of research, a friend gave him a contact that led the artist to a village 40 minutes from Jaipur: in the lively capital of Rajasthan, a group of people still knows this rare method.“I had to visit them to understand
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