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The exhibition revolves around the political and social awakening of a generation which became visible to the world public when the mass protests began on Tahrir Square in Cairo on 25 January 2011 and has remained a major force in Egyptian society to this day.
The story is told above all by Egyptian artists and photographers, activists and curators who lend the events expression from their own perspectives. The individual sections of the show were curated by well-known figures of the Cairo art world, among them the artists Lara Baladi and Heba Farid, the photographers Thomas Hartwell and Tarek Hefny, artist-activist Jasmina Metwaly, film maker Philip Rizk, and the journalists Rowan El Shimi and Alex Nunns.
At the same time, the project examines the role of images and the digital networks which played a part in initiating the rebellion as well as in recording and circulating it around the world, and thus documents a new chapter in the history of images. Works by sixty-two artists are on view, including classical photojournalistic works by professional photographers, photojournalistic reports from the Egyptian daily El Shorouk, photos and videos by amateurs, artistic works, and a wall featuring Twitter tweets and newspaper clippings.
Like the recent liberation movements in the Arab world themselves, the exhibition is an experimental, continuously self-renewing project. It does not represent a finished process; on the contrary it elevates the open-endedness of political processes to the status of a formal principle, reflects on current political changes, and integrates new works. Accordingly, images emerging after President Mohamed Mursi's overthrow will also be on display. The project was developed in cooperation with artists, activists, photographers and curators from the Cairo art scene.
Participating artists, activists and curators:
Myriam Abdelaziz, Peter van Agtmael, Roger Anis, Antro, Kim Badawi, Mostafa Bahgat, Lara Baladi, Ahmed Basiony, Kaya Behkalam, Taha Belal, Eva Bertram, Sarah Carr, Denis Dailleux, Osama Dawod, Johanna Domke und Marouan Omara, Mosa'ab Elshamy, Hossan El-Hamalawy, Mohamed Ezz, Fadi Ezzat, Heba Farid, Nermine Hammam, Thomas Hartwell, Aly Hazzaa, Tarek Hefny, Eman Helal, Gigi Ibrahim, Magdi Ibrahim, Ahmed Kamel, Mahmoud Khaled, Heba Khalifa, Nadine Khan und Mariam Mekiwi, Heba El Kholi, Ahmed Abdel Latif, Maha Maamoun, Alex Majoli, Mohamed El Maymony, Thawra Media, Jasmina Metwaly, Chris Michalski und Sebastian Stumpf, George Mohsen, Samuel Mohsen, Mosireen, Jehan Nasr, Mohammad Nouhan, Nasser Nouri, Alex Nunns, Maggie Osama, Ivor Prickett, Jonathan Rashad, Philip Rizk, Ibrahim Saad, Michael Scháfer, Randa Shaath, Ravy Shaker, Mohamed El Sheshtawy, Rowan El Shimi, Lobna Tarek, Lilian Wagdy, Sally Zohny
The exhibition was developed by Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang Essen, and Constanze Wicke for the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig in cooperation with artists, activists, photographers and curators of Cairo, and is staged at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg by Esther Ruelfs.
Cairo. New Testimonies of an Ongoing Revolution is an exhibition of the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig and the Museum Folkwang Essen.
Sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Developed in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.
Cairo. New Testimonies of an Ongoing Revolution
16 August - 17 November 2013
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg