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The Food

Posted by Sherin Guirguis | Friday, February 6th, 2009

I could write an entire blog just on this subject alone. I enjoyed so many delicious meals during the trip. From sidewalk Koshari (see Kimberli’s post) where I accidently drenched my entire plate with hot sauce (yum,) to the upscale Zamalek boat/restaurant on the Nile called El Pasha where I had [...]

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The Art Scene

Posted by Sherin Guirguis | Friday, February 6th, 2009

I had been spying on the burgeoning Cairo art scene via cyberspace for some time now.  I finally got to see it in person at PhotoCairo4 which was exhibited at several venues all over the city (see Kimbeli’s post)  and was quite impressed.  In just a few years  artists and curators who get most of [...]

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Extra-Biennial Activities in Cairo: Kimberli’s Travelogue Chapter 2

Posted by Kimberli Meyer | Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Koshari, My Barbarian Workshop and Performance
On Friday December 19th, Malik, Sherin, Nizan and I went to Townhouse–which became one of our main bases–and had a series of good meetings with artists about their work. For a late lunch, artist Magdi Mostafa took Nizan and I to a nearby eatery of Koshari, an Egyptian high carb, [...]

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Extra-Biennial activities in Cairo: Kimberli’s Travelogue, Chapter 1

Posted by Kimberli Meyer | Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Townhouse
This was my second visit to Cairo, and I continued to be impressed with the Townhouse Gallery as a vital center for art and community. Housed in a cluster of buildings in the mechanic’s district in downtown Cairo, its cultural presence is inclusive, expansive, critical, experimental, provocative, and constructive. The program is focused on contemporary [...]

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Photos From 11th International Cairo Biennale - Part 1

Posted by Sherin Guirguis | Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

John, Jennifer & Magdi

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Regou3 or Distant Lover

Posted by Sherin Guirguis | Thursday, December 18th, 2008

 
When I was invited to join the Public Programming team for the Cairo Biennale, so much went through my mind.  I’ve been back to Cairo a few times since I immigrated to Los Angeles in ‘89 and with each trip my relationship to my hometown changes dramatically.  In some ways it’s difficult to come home.  [...]

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My first blog entries panned by the critics!

Posted by Malik Gaines | Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Wow! Everyone’s all mad. I apparently understated the huge importance of a “renowned” yet “humble” artist by praising his video. Then I offered an insufficiently nuanced account by joking about whether a country should be drunk or not. This blogging sure is “problematic.”
The commentators obviously do not enjoy the humor [...]

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caffeinated cairo nights

Posted by Malik Gaines | Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Fortunately we pushed through jet-lag and stayed awake later than 9pm, and got to see a couple of the Photo Cairo venues at tonight’s opening.  Townhouse was a central scene, with 2 galleries showing a lot of work, including much video, which was a great move for a photo show.  Hassan Khan’s “The Hidden Location,” [...]

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first impressions

Posted by Malik Gaines | Monday, December 15th, 2008

Just arrived last evening in Cairo, after the 24 hours it takes to get here from LA.  This city is quite amazing, and all I’ve seen are the airport and a little bit of Zamalek, plus the drive between the two.  The My Barbarian group is going downtown today to check out Townhouse Gallery - [...]

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My Barbarian

Posted by Kimberli Meyer | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

My Barbarian seeks participants interested in performance art, ages 18-40, male and female, for its workshop in Cairo, taking place from December 16-24, 2008. Non-artists who want to perform are welcome! Actors, musicians and artists of any skill-level are encouraged to participate. My Barbarian’s performance art project for the Townhouse Gallery takes the form of a performance workshop and public recital on December 24. The performance will include singing, comedy, and elements of video art in a playful discussion about art’s function in a community.

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