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EGYPT. 'Hydrarchy: Transitional and Transformative Seas' Exhibition at CIC
16/12/2011 11:55:11

Hydrarchy – Transitional and Transformative Seas is a group exhibition looking at the sea as a geopolitical space. It is showing at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo and it will continue until January 7th, 2012.
Hydrarchy is the second part of a two-phase project that began with ‘Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea’ in London in September 2010. The exhibition in Cairo looks at the Mediterranean Basin, the Suez Canal, besieged Gaza, and the broader North African context, from the perspective of their waters and the actions that take place upon them. The sea, the ship, and the legal and political construct of ‘offshore’ allows a profound shift of cultural perspective. The most affecting piece of CIC exhibition is a hefty plastic bag filled with 375 litres of seawater from around the world by Palestinian artist Ayed Arafah. There are no notes to tell us why Arafah wanted to build an inland sea in the gallery. But perhaps it's that even inland, the sea can be a symbol of freedom, just as it can of power, rebellion and the sublime.

 Contemporary Image Collective: 2 Abdel Khalek Tharwat St., 4th Floor, Cairo

Image: Ayed Arafah. The sea package, 2010. Photo Courtesy  virtualgallery.birzeit.edu

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