Item description for Margo Veillon: Nubia: Sketches, Notes, and Photographs by Margo Veillon & John Rodenbeck...
From 1964 onward much of the ancient land of Nubia sank forever in the waters of Lake Nasser, behind the new Aswan High Dam. The vibrancy, color, and movement of the life of ordinary people in Nubia had fascinated Margo Veillon since the 1930s. In the company of friends and fellow artists she made numerous extended visits to capture in her artwork a lifestyle that has now vanished. This book is a record of her journeys. Presenting the Nile as this beautiful land's thoroughfare, her drawings and photographs reflect the impact of this world upon her. Veillon's diaries, notes, and pictures vividly illuminate one of the world's most visually oriented cultures in a style that is as expressive as its subject, thus offering not only an image captured at a particular moment in time, never to be seen again, but the sensitivity and skill of brain, eye, and hand that made that capture possible.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774248791 ISBN13 9789774248795
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More About Margo Veillon & John Rodenbeck
JOHN RODENBECK, director of The American University in Cairo Press from 1974 to 1983, was a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, until his recent retirement.
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Four Stars if You Are Interested in This Sort of Thing Feb 3, 2010
Margo Veillon was born a century ago to Swiss and Austrian parents in Egypt, where she resided for most of her long life (She died only a few years ago). Independent, or rebellious, from a very early age, her parents dispatched her to a boarding school in Switzerland after she was expelled from school in Egypt. She would then go to Paris for a few years to mingle and train in the "art scene" before going back to reside in Egypt. She routinely traveled to Europe, among other destinations, for the rest of her life. A very large majority of her work is focused on things Egyptian.
This volume contains paintings, sketches and photographs from Nubia. Nubians are Egyptians who have a distinct sub-culture that they preserved over the millinnia (in ancient times Nubia sometimes was separated from Egypt.) Veillon's depictions reveal a unique blend of Black African and Middle Eastern cultures. Nubians were relocated north from their original villages, which were near the southern borders of Egypt, when the Aswan High Dam was built, some 40-50 years ago, and those original villages would be submerged by the waters of the lake created behind the dam (Lake Nasser.) I have read that the relocation of Nubians has had a significant impact on the uniqness of their culture as they blended more with the rest of Egyptians. So, this collection may have preserved, just at the right time, a culture that may disappear.
I have 4 publications of various Veillion collections including this one. I like them all, but my favorite is "Painting Egypt" (Hard cover - 2003 - American University in Cairo press), which was the original "lure" to buy the other 3. My reviews of all of them are almost identical.
I am not an artist, and I realize that some "real art critics" might find the 4 stars to be on the generous side, but I took into consideration the fact that I have not come across any other publication, or actual paintings, even in Egypt, that depicts these scenes and subjects. Vellion seems to have this rare ability to see things both as a local, and as an outsider looking from the outside in, at the same time.
If you are interested in this sort of thing you will probably like this collection