In cooperation with Museum für Photographie Braunschweig
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
In collaboration with Goethe Institut.
Cairo. Open City can be interpreted in two different ways. The first concerns the political and social awakening of a generation that came to light with the start of the mass demonstrations on 25 January 2011 on Cairo’s Tahrir Square. This is the story mostly told by Egyptian artists and photographers, activists and curators. The second has to do with the role of images and new digital networks, which in part served to initiate, document and globally broadcast the uprising.
The exhibition explores all kinds of practices used in the media of photography and video, including pictures by photojournalists, recordings made by activists and »citizen journalists«, and documents collected by artists. Also under the spotlight is photography as a medium undergoing major changes and its various functions, namely to state opinions, influence the course of events, aid the memory, remember the victims and bear witness. Cairo. Open City is an experimental exhibition project, for it does not concern a concluded process, but instead elevates the open aspect of the political process to a formal principle.
Photographs, videos, drawings and texts by
Myriam Abdelaziz, Ahmed Abdel Latif, Peter van Agtmael, Mostafa Bahgat, Lara Baladi, Ahmed Basiony, Taha Belal, Eva Bertram, Sarah Carr, Denis Dailleux, Osama Dawod, Kaya Behkalam, Johanna Domke und /and Marouan Omara, Heba El Kholi, Shady Elnoshokaty, Mosa’ab Elshamy, Mohamed El Maymony, Mohamed El Sheshtawy, Rowan El Shimi, Mohamed Ezz, Fadi Ezzat, Heba Farid, Nermine Hammam, Thomas Hartwell, Aly Hazaa, Tarek Hefny, Eman Helal, Gigi Ibrahim, Magdi Ibrahim, Ahmed Kamel, Mahmoud Khaled, Heba Khalifa, Nadine Khan und /and Mariam Mekiwi, Alex Majoli, Jasmina Metwaly, Chris Michalski und /and Sebastian Stumpf, George Mohsen, Samuel Mohsen, Jehan Nasr, Mohammad Nouhan, Nasser Nouri, Alex Nunns, Maggie Osama, Jonathan Rashad, Ivor Prickett, Philip Rizk, Ibrahim Saad, Randa Shaath, Ravy Shaker, Lobna Tarek, Lilian Wagdy, Sally Zohny