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EGYPT. The itinerant urban and multi-disciplinary exhibit « Visionary Africa: Art at work » stops in Cairo
15/02/2012 09:50:44

« Visionary Africa: Art at work » stops in Egypt after Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before continuing on to other African capitals.

This project, organised jointly by the European Commission and the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Centre for Fine Arts) in Brussels, consists of an itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices, including artist residencies, exhibitions of local artists and workshops on art and development in modern urban centres in Africa. It was conceived as an initiative focused on the importance of culture and creativity as motor for development and timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of 19 African countries.

The exhibition pavilion is designed by Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. Placed in the ‘green lung’ of Cairo, Al Azhar Park, the pavilion is accessible to all audiences, and houses several exhibits:
• a selection from the photography exhibit A Useful Dream, celebrating 50 years of African photography, curated by Simon Njami;
• The photodocumentary, Urban Africa, a decade long personal survey by David Adjaye on the architecture of African capitals;
• A showcase of young, upcoming Egyptian contemporary artists, curated by Moataz Nasr, director of DARB 1718.
All works exhibited are reproductions. Photographer and video artist Tracey Rose (South Africa) is the project’s artist in residence for the duration of the exhibit. A workshop for Egyptian artists will be organised on 17 February, to discuss structures and audiences for art in Africa.

For more information, you can contact  Hélène van den Wildenberg, Cecoforma press: press@cecoforma.com

Image:  The Pavillion by David Adjaye

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