GALLERY

ART PROJECTS

LIFE OF A BOX

Global initiative enhancing awareness on enivironmental concerns

SYMBIOSIS

A multitude of artists with diverse backgrounds collaborate on a single canvas

I AM

International educational project for children, pupils and students

INCOMPLETE…

The project engages the viewer in completing an incomplete description of the artwork

WORLD OF WATER

Egyptian myths on a mural
(165 m2/ 10m height)

PRINTS

A journey of understanding the Jewish story through art

LIFE OF A BOX

The Life of a Box platform acts as a medium for transmitting messages, demonstrating principles, and inspiring transformation. By engaging in this initiative, we enhance awareness and provide education on environmental concerns.

 

Recycled materials offer a wealth of inspiration and creativity for art projects, particularly for those seeking to promote environmental consciousness and sustainability. Incorporating recycled materials into art projects provides an excellent opportunity to integrate environmental education into your curriculum or practice. Environmental education involves understanding the natural environment and human interactions with it, with the goal of fostering awareness, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that support environmental protection and sustainability. Through the use of recycled materials in art projects, we can educate ourselves and others on a range of environmental topics and concerns, including waste management, resource conservation, climate change, biodiversity, and environmental justice. Most importantly, we increase awareness which may inspire us to take action and make positive changes in our personal, social, and professional lives benefiting both the planet and society as a whole.

Life of a Box is a global initiative established by artist Hesham Malik, which pays tribute to organizations and individuals who possess a profound concern for the environmental challenges confronting our world. This initiative utilizes recycled materials for artistic endeavors and offers numerous advantages, including the ability to minimize waste and preserve valuable resources. Through the repurposing of items, that would otherwise be discarded in landfills or incinerated, one can actively contribute to the conservation of natural resources, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the prevention of pollution.

Various cities and organizations worldwide are backing Hesham’s project by donating a used box. Hesham transforms the box into art and showcases it in museums across the world to promote environmental awareness and sustainability. The inaugural exhibition of Life of Box takes place at The Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland. Several institutions that are involved in the global project include National Museum of Sweden, European Schengen Museum – Luxembourg, The New York public Library, Environmental Services Association – Buckingham, UK, Nobel Prize Museum – Stockholm, Reykjavik City Museum – Reykjavik, Iceland, Malta National Museum, Nuuk Museum – Greenland, Elmira College – New york, US, University of Providence – Montana, US, Swiss open air museum – Ballenberg, Switzerland, City of Seneca – Slovakia, Åland Islands – Finland, Museum of Paper Art – Denmark, University of New York, Fundación MAPFRE – Spain, and many more.

Life of a Box does however present some obstacles and constraints. Among these challenges is the quest for appropriate materials that align with our objectives and requirements; considerable time and effort invested in identifying organizations or individuals, establishing connections, gathering, organizing, crafting, and preserving artwork; and lastly, there is always a need to have a contingency for any unforeseen outcome or setback. Amidst these challenges, Life of a Box serves as a platform for conveying messages, showcasing values, and motivating change. By engaging in this initiative, we enhance awareness and provide education on environmental concerns and potential solutions.

SYMBIOSIS

HESHAM MALIK INTRODUCES THE INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE “SYMBIOSIS”, IN WHICH A NUMBER OF ARTISTS WITH DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES COLLABORATE ON ONE CANVAS AND TRANSFER EMOTIONS AND STORIES MEDIATED THROUGH COLORS INTO A TANGIBLE WORK OF ART.

 

 

Historically, mutual collaboration has often served as a means for artists to free themselves from the limitations of individual work. This challenge to co-create may first of all come across as trying to focus on creating art that is easily marketable or marketable.

For most artists, collaboration can therefore conflict with their own intention to create a masterpiece. Paradoxically, it is precisely such activities that can serve as a starting mechanism to break out of the established routine. The results of such collaboration are often unpredictable and different from the usual work of artists, which surprises even the artists themselves.

Internationally acclaimed artist Hesham Malik has created a global initiative called “Symbiosis”, in which a number of artists with different experiences collaborate on one canvas. Working with an artist who translates emotions and stories conveyed by color into a tangible work of art is both breathtaking and challenging.

The Symbiosis project creates artistic partnerships not only on the basis of mutual benefit, but also on the basis of trust and respect. They consistently try to convey a particular narrative or message to a particular audience.

This particular collaboration involves an exchange of creative energy, which contributes to its dynamic and unpredictable nature. Based in the EU, Hesham collaborates with various artists around the world.

Art truly comes to life when it is presented to an audience, so it is essential to allow access to as many individuals as possible. Finally, the paintings created in the Symbiosis project travel to various museums and galleries, allowing communities to enjoy the union of two artists from two different worlds.

 

I AM 

How would Comenius’ “Orbis pictus” fare in comparison to the opportunities presented by modern technologies? 

 

The undeniable successes achieved by Hesham Malik through his artistic-educational endeavor, “I am,” serve as evidence that the future is not as bleak as portrayed by the media. 

“I am” stands as a distinctive artistic creation by its author, Hesham Malik. This global project was conceived during the initial lockdowns of 2020, with the aim of providing support to both teachers and students in their online educational pursuits.

Primarily designed for students, the project offered students the opportunity to experience the power of their own words. Simultaneously, it allows them to appreciate the vast reach their thoughts can have, extending beyond the confines of their own schools, cities, and even countries.

Through the global project ” I AM” students from different educational institutions engage in reading and responding to the opinions of their peers regarding various personalities. The greatest advantage for students lies in their ability to become part of a narrative that transcends national boundaries, while also imparting knowledge to their counterparts from other schools. Through the artist’s own initiative, the project harnesses the principles of depth psychology and nurtures the talents of students on multiple levels.

THE FUNCTIONING OF THE PROJECT

The concept behind the project is rather straightforward. The creator has meticulously crafted an extensive assortment of portraits featuring numerous historical, contemporary, and political figures, as well as “villains,” child prodigies, and ordinary individuals, each accompanied by the artist’s personal commentary.

Within their educational institution, both educators and students are tasked with selecting personalities from this portfolio that align with the school’s focus, the age group of the students, and their respective abilities. Although this process may occasionally prove challenging, the project as a whole is not intended to be a struggle, but rather an endeavor to foster dialogue.

In this instance, art and imagery serve as a conduit through which anyone who encounters the artwork, whether in person or online, can actively engage and contribute their own opinions and stories. These contributions may take various forms, such as humor, factual accounts, or even myths.

“I AM” at museums and Schools around the world.

Notable schools and institutions that have already participated in this project include Stockholm – Sweden, Edinburgh – Scotland, Prague – Czech Republic, Toronto – Canada, Boston – United States, Dubai – United Arab Emirates, Wellington – New Zealand, London – Great Britain, Mumbai – India, Sydney – Australia, Kuwait city – Kuwait, Barcelona – Spain, Durham – Great Britain, Sharjah – United Arab Emirates, among others.

The physical manifestation of the exhibition has already been successfully implemented in various museums, such as Regional Museum of Jílové near Prague, Kroměříž Museum, Barrandov Gallery, The City Museum Skuteč, etc.

The first few schools to exhibit the project “I am” were, Seneca College in Toronto, Agora Prep Academy in Ontario – Canada, Futuraskolan International in Stockholm, Sweden, St. Peter’s School in Barcelona, ​​Spain, American Academy of Prague, etc.

I N C O M P L E T E…

The primary objective of the global project “Incomplete” is to foster a more profound comprehension of diverse individuals and global cultures.

The artist endeavors to achieve this by engaging the viewer in the process of elucidating the unfinished depiction of the artwork.

“Incomplete” is one of the extensive projects conceived and executed by Hesham Malik. In doing so, the artist once again transcends the boundaries of artistic disciplines, forging connections between disparate entities and fostering a sense of unity among individuals from diverse communities, disciplines, and cultures across the globe.

The artist firmly believes that global art projects provide an avenue for people, irrespective of their conventional or academic abilities, to showcase their knowledge and skills through creative, unconventional, and non-traditional means. This not only grants individuals the freedom to explore their creative potential but also facilitates the discovery of connections between artistic and non-artistic realms.

The project serves as both a valuable resource for individuals and a transformative force in the perception of the art world. Its content undergoes daily changes, simultaneously revealing certain similarities and disparities in what is present and what is absent, for better or for worse.

WORLD OF WATER

THE MYTHICAL PATH TO THE LEGACY OF EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION

 

As an integral component of the“World of Water” artistic endeavor, painter Hesham Malik adeptly conveys Egyptian myths through his artistic creations. 

The interior of the Small Hydropower Plant Přeperé II on the Jizera River near Turnov is adorned with a remarkable wall painting, commonly referred to as a “mural.” Situated in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise, this artwork is accompanied by a fish passage that safeguards the fish population, enabling them to traverse the river Jizera without hindrance.

The preparations for this painting commenced in 2018 and were successfully concluded after a span of 14 months.

The artist Hesham Malik has created a timeless masterpiece titled “World of Water,” which explores the concept of water as a renewable energy source throughout history. Within this artwork, Malik skillfully incorporates elements such as the rise and fall of civilizations, political dynamics, as well as beauty and power. As is characteristic of Malik’s style, this painting serves as a narrative, drawing inspiration from ancient Egyptian myths.

Malik dedicated nearly six months to the creation of this painting, which stands as his largest mural in Europe to date.

Even the artist himself acknowledges the architectural magnificence of the building that houses his artwork. His personal favorite aspect of the structure is the circular windows, designed in the style of the ancient Egyptian “water wheel” that dates back to approximately 400 BC. This water wheel served as a precursor and inspiration for the modern turbines utilized today.

In preparation for this extraordinary painting, Malik produced 112 canvases and sketched 427 preliminary drawings, resulting in a total of 539 works of art required to complete the mural. To put this into perspective, if all the paintings and sketches were assembled together, they would form an equally substantial piece of artwork, equivalent in size to the mural itself (165 m2/10m). Malik’s artistic vision extends to all the walls of the building, including the ceiling.

 

 

PRINTS

Deeply moving testimonies of human resilience in words and images

The project titled “Footprints” serves as an artistic exploration of the Jewish community, delving into a diverse array of responses towards challenging life circumstances and experiences that are often deemed sensitive to discuss.

Hesham Malik has dedicated over twenty years of his academic career to the study of this subject, beginning with his undergraduate studies in Canada. Throughout his extensive research, he has had the privilege of visiting numerous Jewish communities and meeting Holocaust survivors both in America and Europe. Recently, Hesham’s Jewish collection was showcased at Museum Dobris and earlier in Germany and at Charles University in Prague.

The exhibited artworks effectively capture the enduring impact of loss, despair, and exclusion. Simultaneously, they depict the somber reality that accompanies this historical period. The author firmly believes that by enduring and triumphing over such darkness, individuals develop a unique and profound strength.

The abstract framework of ideas, symbols, and colors employed in these artworks enables viewers to confront these often concealed emotions and confront them in the realm of reality. Art provides a secure and protected environment for dialogue to occur.

In addition to curating exhibitions centered around Jewish themes, the artist also conducts workshops for students. These workshops aim to demonstrate how psychological processes can be influenced and transformed through creativity, storytelling, and artistic materials.