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The idea behind this group show is how the body, which tends to be imperceptible in the local public conscience and discourse in Egypt, comes to life in Contemporary Art and expresses the human condition in contemporary times.
The body is of course a very wide topic that has been explored in many international exhibitions. However, in the local Egyptian context it is rarely discussed in an open forum and is, in fact, (sub) consciously ignored. This exhibition is an exploration of the situation of the body in contemporary Egypt; as well as an exploration of how visions and perceptions of the body have evolved in the public conscience in the more recent history as well as the more distant past, to help to locate the reasons for its current situation.
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Hani Rashed

The exhibition will explore interpretations of the body in many terms, for example: its perception in the context of the rapid globalization and the current local political atmosphere, as a source of self-knowledge in of itself, as a physical landscape for pleasure and pain, as a question of worth, as a site for imagination.
This cultural inquiry into the body has never before been locally explored to this depth. Particularly noteworthy is that it asks artists to direct their vision onto their physical selves in a manner that has not been fully explored locally in contemporary times.

The artists participating in the exhibition are:
Adel El Siwi
Hani Rashed
Ibrahim El Haddad
Malak Helmy
Ahmed Sabri
Ahmed Bassiouny
Ahmed Askalany
Mohamed Taman
Suzy El Masry
Amr El Kafrawy
Shady El Noshokaty
Nermine El Ansary
Sherif El Azma
Hala El Koussy
Mohamed Nabil
Mahmoud Khaled
Rania Ezzat
Ahmed Kamel
Adham Hafez
Hossam Hodhod
And others

“Invisible Presence” is exhibited in an area that is called: Samaa Khana. The choice of this complex, as a very symbolic and historical place in the heart of Old Cairo, aims to dissolve the walls of the gallery community and expose the work to new areas allowing greater involvement in the presence of these productions and increasing the audience to expand the debate.

Samaa Khana
31 El Siyufiah St., Helmia Gedida
Tel.: 2510 78 06

Invisible Presence: Looking at the body in Contemporary Egypt
curated by Stefania Angarano.
Dec 16, 2009 – Jan 23, 2009

www.creativeafricanetwork.com/page/11878/en

(11/01/2010)

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