Thursday, August 28, 2008

cairoscape at kunstraum bethanien

Cairoscape - Images, Imagination and Imaginary of a Contemporary Mega City introduces the dynamic situation of contemporary art and culture in Egypt to the Berlin public. Taking the Arab-African megalopolis of Cairo as a starting point, Cairoscape proposes a different way of looking at the modern city and at the phenomenon of contemporary urbanization. In the project Cairo is held up as an emblematic place, catalyst and generator of new narrative series that ultimately transcend local context: Cairo as translocal place, simultaneously recipient and origin of a set of cultural influences and ideas floating in the region, and privileged observation point that as such may disclose unexpected yet familiar scenarios. Cairoscape features artists and practitioners who in their work reflect a certain contemporary and existential urban condition connected to the city of Cairo, its suggestive power and urban imaginary. Works by artists both from Egypt and artists who have recently done residencies in Egypt are included, allowing differing views of Cairo to be juxtaposed. At the same time, Cairoscape examines the possibilities, the potentialities and the paradoxes of Cairo as a site of artistic production today.

KuenstlerInnen / Artists
Doa Aly (Cairo), Gilles Aubry (Berlin), Nermine El Ansari (Cairo), Sherif El Azma (Cairo), Hala Elkoussy (Cairo/Amsterdam), Rana El Nemr (Cairo), Shady El Noshokaty (Cairo), Maia Gusberti (Vienna/Bern), Khaled Hafez (Cairo), Hermann Huber (Vienna), Iman Issa (Cairo/New York), Ahmed Khaled (Cairo), Susanne Kriemann (Rotterdam/Berlin), Maha Maamoun (Cairo), Christoph Oertli (Basel/Brussels), Hany Rashed (Cairo), Katarina Šević (Budapest), Randa Shaath (Cairo)
Off site Projekte / ProjectsHassan Khan (Cairo), Lust, solo exhibition at uqbar projectspace, Berlin, 26/08 – 18/10/2008, Opening 26/08/2008, 19:00.
Opening Hours Fr.-Sa. 14:00-19:00 and by appointment:
eps51 (Berlin) & Ganzeer (Cairo), Poster projects in public space, Dresdnerstr. 8, 10997 Berlin (gegenüber /in front of Möbel Olfe); Micamoca, Lindower Str. 22, 13347 Berlin, 29/08–12/10/2008
Ausstellungsort / Exhibition Venue Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin0049 (0)30 90298-1455U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor
Öffnungszeiten / Opening hours
Täglich / daily: 12:00 – 19:00
Donnerstags / Thursdays: 12:00 – 22:00
Führung auf Anfrage/ Guided tours on request

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