Inji Efflatoun (All The World's Futures)

While Inji Efflatoun’s life was marked by phases of colour and agony, her paintings vibrate with the spirit of revolution. In 1964, the French artist Jean Lucrat summed up Efflatoun’s impetus as follows: “She does not listen except to the Egyptian voice which is her profound heritage. That sound is that of the desert, the Nile, and the horizon of her burning soul.” Like many artist whose lives intersected with revolutionary times, Efflatoun’s art is inseparable from the context within and out of which it emerged. Mentored by the expressionist painter Kamel El Telmasany, a protagonist in the surrealist-inflected Art and Liberty group, Efflatoun joined a generation of artist whose creativity merged with the swelling tides of anti-fascist and communist movements in Egypt. 

(56th Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures, 2015)

Workers (detail), 1975, Inji Efflatoun. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale.

Workers (detail), 1975, Inji Efflatoun. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale.