EPITAPH by Sneak Hotep at Foundry
04.08.2023
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Foundry Downtown Dubai is holding EPITAPH, a solo exhibition by Algerian urban artist Sneak Hotep. The exhibited artworks are dedicated to the teachings of Thoth, an ancient Egyptian god of wisdom considered a great master of the universe back then. The artist also explores how these ideas resonate with today’s society. The show will be open to the public until the 31st of August 2023.

On display are Sneak Hotep’s intricate paintings — twelve in total — conveying a specific message about the teachings of Thoth, who also played a particular role in Greek culture (in Greece, he was called Hermes). Each of the canvases offers a unique perspective on this god’s wisdom. Interestingly enough, Thoth initially was the first great Egyptian philosopher and founder of the Ancient Mystery Schools. His knowledge was so vast and all-encompassing that the Egyptians began to revere him as a god. The exhibition also features Sneak Hotep’s seven cubic sculptures which revive the seven hermetic principles outlined by Thoth. An occult source of wisdom, the principles are the foundational laws of our reality. When understood and practised, these laws are believed to lead you to a fulfilling and meaningful life which you completely control.

Sneak Hotep, S E V E N. Mixed media on canvas. 120 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

About the artist

Sneak Hotep is a designer, calligrapher, and graffiti artist who graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Algiers; there, he studied the art of miniature and Arabic calligraphy. In his art which can be found both in streets and galleries, he challenges the perceptions of historical and social phenomena and encourages people to question traditional definitions to make their own.

The artist’s work is marked by his graphic metaphors and comparisons and blends the precision of geometry with the disproportionate extension of human thought and ideals. Getting his inspiration from ancient civilisations, esotericism, and mysticism, he explores urban degradation phenomena, daily facts, and excessive observation. In Sneak Hotep’s calligraffiti characterised by a complex structure, opposite elements are often juxtaposed.

To learn more about the Epitaph exhibition, please visit its official web page.

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