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On February 27th, Colby welcomed the exhibit's founding co curator, Ahmed Abdalla, as he Nike Air More Uptempo Grey
limitation of individual expression has not silenced art, rather it inspireda wave of revolutionary creativity and a fervent desire to be heard. Artists call for the revival of Egyptian culture, celebrate their heritage, and seek unity among a divided Nike Uptempo Heat Map
Histories of Now, A Noontime Art Exhibit by Stephanie Marano
Presented in association withCensorship Uncoveredand displayed in the Colby College Museum,Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairopresents a unique and distinctive critique on the current cultural and political climate in Egypt. Most of these pieces were completed prior to the revolution and projecta longing and need for political and cultural change.
A Noontime Art Exhibit
We then moved to the fourth piece,People of the Cityby Sabah Naim.
The final work observed on the tour wasStammer A Lecture in Theoryby Shady El Noshokaty. The piece spans nearly six years and depicts an ongoing lecture discussing the creation and production of art. However, the lesson never reaches completion; rather, it remains a cyclical discussion of unfulfilled objectives illuminating the limitations of verbal discussion and expression within a culture so heavily suppressed.
led an audience of nearly fifty individuals in a noontime arttour. The eventbegan with the documentaryOut of Waterby Mohamed Abla. Filmed in 2010, the video offers a pre revolutionary critique of the aggressive and overbearing military presence throughout the Egyptian island, Qorsaya. The film compliments the striking visual images of the blatant military takeover with outraged commentary of the inhabitants of Qorsaya as they attempt to salvage their homes and lifestyle. The documentary introduced a theme present throughout the exhibit: individual suppression.
We see this in the second installationRevolution Footage. Filmed one year later, thisdocumentation of the revolution in Tahrir Square lasted four days, ending with Basiony's assassinationon January 28. Abdalla suggests thatdeath proved the artist's final liberation, an escape from the confinement and seclusion from which the artist was running.
A collection of still images, the film pays homage to the citizens of Cairo. Shot before the revolution, the images prove a foreshadowing of the hostilities and frustrations soon to erupt and exude an air of anticipation for a needed change through drastic action. The first film,30 Days of Running,documents Basiony physically running in place for one hour a day, everyday, for thirty days. Sensors attached to the soles of his feet, arms, and chest gather information from this physical exertion that is then transferred to a computer. Using software, the computer creates a digital display, converting action into image. Nike Air Max Uptempo Spurs Rooted in revolutionary sentiments, the piece evokes powerful symbolism and metaphor. Running in place, getting nowhere, Basiony eludes to the futility of individual action, an inability to escape the confinement of larger social and political forces, and the isolation and contemplation of inner thoughts. Only through unity can cultural change be achieved.
Within the video, the downward facing camera angle, minimalistic musical accompaniment and confined space of the recorded image evokes elements of intense paranoia and suspicion. Yet, Abdalla explained thatthe work also contains elements of optimism illuminated through the video's physical position within the museum. According to Abdalla,the architectural space the location of the film within the museum assertssentiments of hope, inviting the audience in and optimisticallysuggesting potential for unity. A highly political piece,Merge and Emergeilluminates the mass repression and paranoia inspired by the highly militarized political presence within Egypt and calls for solidarity amid mounting conflict. Through narrative and cinematic technique,the artist attributes an absurd quality to the film. It is through this absurdity we see the slow dismantling of the Egyptian heritage and the dissolution of a once united people.
Themes of cultural limitation and repression within Egypt saturate these works of art as their creators struggle to find voice in such a censored environment. Abdalla asserted Egypt is "back again to a limited era" in this revolutionary period. Freedom of expression through creative mediums is an internationally recognized right enforced by global legislation in the International Treaty of Civic and Political Rights and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As stated inthese documents, publishing, media and the arts should not be censored. The implementation of censorship becomes a tool through which the Egyptian government limits information and controls public opinion. As evidenced inHistories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo,the Nike Air More Uptempo White Gum Release Date
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