Moataz Nasr

  • Sun Boats, 2018

Moataz Nasr

Sun Boats, 2018

Wooden paddles

10 m (diameter) x 2.75 m

Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/ Beijing/ Les Moulins/ Habana


Location:  Al Jahili Fort 


Artwork Concept: 

“From the beginning of time, the idea of migration in this world has been a constant pursuit in life around the world. Human beings are constantly moving; North to South, South to North, up and down and then up again. The purpose of this circle of endless, restless motion has always been the same… seeking sustenance…, seeking survival…, seeking a better life.

Sun Boat is inspired by mankind’s constant state of motion, an infinite circle. It visually depicts the idea that nothing lasts; everything is endlessly changing, always for the purpose of survival.

The concept of migration has existed from the most ancient of times. The Ancient Egyptians emigrated from this life to the eternal one, using Sun Boats with large paddles. In this work, I visualize the essence of this human motion using bread baking peels, which are coincidentally, almost identical to boat paddles. With these peels, I will create a sun disc of 350 paddles tied to each other in a circular shape, illustrating the endless, interconnected movement of human beings on earth seeking a better life.” Moataz Nasr 



Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr explores traditions and new globalism, questioning geopolitical and social development in Africa. For Nasr, the artistic practice is a tool and a language that embraces art, sociology and history in order to encourage dialogue across geographical boundaries. His most recent group shows are The See Is My Land, curated by Francesco Bonomi and Emanuela Mazzonis, MAXXI, Rome, 2013; Metropolis. Afriques Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, La Villette, Paris, 2017; and Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Arts of Africa, LACMA and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts, Washington, 2017. His most recent solo show are: Galleria Continua / Beijing, 2012 and Galleria Continua / Les Moulins, 2015. In 2017, he was selected to represent Egypt for the 57th Venice Biennale.