PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut
An international multi-disciplinary visual arts project in Downtown Cairo featuring a series of exhibitions, screenings, presentations, residencies, a workshop and a temporary publishing house.
17 December 2008 – 14 January 2009
Opening reception on Wednesday 17 December 2008
19-21 December 2008
9-11 January 2009
PhotoCairo4: THE LONG SHORTCUT is a large-scale visual arts project that explores the dynamics between informal and official modes of operation that continue to shape the social reality in this region and beyond.
The program revolves around a number of loose coordinates. One main site is Cairo itself as a quintessential example of an explosive mega city situated in a state characterized by a mode of perpetual crisis. Under these conditions one can think of informal structures and strategies of existence as creatively pragmatic answers that are by definition - rather than design - subversive.
On the one hand, we would like to examine transformations in images of officialdom and the rhetoric of power through media representations. However, we are also interested in poetic accounts of daily life, personal narratives and creative strategies employed by Individuals faced with the reality of navigating these mutating hybrid structures.
Ala’ Younis , Ahmed Kamel, Artur Żmijewski , Babak Afrassiabi, Bernard Guillot , David Thorne & Julia Meltzer, Doa Aly, Hala Elkoussy, Hassan Khan, Heidrun Holzfeind, Ihab Jadallah, Kareem Lotfy, Kobe Matthys, Larissa Sansour, Leopold Kessler, Maha Maamoun, Mahmoud Khaled, Mandy Gehrt, Mohamed Allam, Raed Yassin, Rana El Nemr and Pages Magazine
Spanning a diverse range of media and artistic approaches, the visual art exhibition features more than fourteen new PhotoCairo4 productions. All of the project have not yet been shown in Cairo, including key international works such as Hassan Khan’s 4-screen video installation entitled The Hidden Location as well as Artur Żmijewski’s single channel video “Them” which was shown in Documenta 12.
WITH PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND FILM PROGRAMS BYBassam El-Baroni, Ganzeer, George Azmy, Florian Wüst, Karim Tartoussieh, Martí Peran, Nat Muller, Pages Magazine, Urs Lehni and What, How & for Whom curators’s collective (Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Devic, Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović )
Contemporary Image Collective
Hungarian Cultural Institute
PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut is curated by Aleya Hamza and Edit Molnar
PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut is supported by the Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD), Prohelvetia: The Swiss Arts Council, Alcatel, Goethe-Institute, Mondriaan Foundation, RWE dea with additional support by the Spanish Embassy in Egypt.