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  • Glitch brings together a group of international artists to explore the ways our understanding of the past, present and future is mediated through technology. The exhibit will span video art, digital paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Exhibited artists include VJ Um Amel (b. Alexandria, Egypt), Petra Cortright (b. Santa Barbara, United States), Shady El Noshokaty (b. Damietta, Egypt), Mounir Fatmi (b. Tangier, Morocco), Jonathon Hexner (b. Dhaka, Bangladesh), Pouran Jinchi (b. Mashhad, Iran), Basim Magdy (b. Assiut, Egypt), Haytham Nawar (b. Gharbiya, Egypt), Mona Omar (b. Cairo, Egypt), Kour Pour (b. Exeter, United Kingdom), Shahzia Sikander (b. Lahore, Pakistan) and Talisker (b. Paris, France).

    Featured image: Mounir Fatmi, Circles 02 (2011)
    image courtesy of the artist and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai.

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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    Margo Veillon Gallery, AUC Tahrir Square

  • Beit Um Amel marks VJ Um Amel’s first solo exhibition in the Arab world. The Egyptian-American artist suggests there is no longer a digital divide between theory and practice, and that the integration of technology into our everyday lives means we are all already living an immersive digital experience. The figures of Arab cyborg and mother come together in VJ Um Amel, who will transform AUC’s Future Gallery into her home, Beit Um Amel. Welcoming visitors into her home, the cyborg asks that we navigate shifting data landscapes with greater attention, awareness and an insistence on hope.

    Featured image: VJ Um Amel, Rosetta Tweets Archive (2012), image courtesy of the artist.

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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    Future and Legacy Galleries, AUC Tahrir Square

  • Known for her groundbreaking work combining Arabic typography and graffiti, Bahia Shehab extends her visual poetics with a series of short videos inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Shehab revisits the sites of her previous graffiti projects, filming about the walls she painted in Beirut, New York, Marrakech and the Greek island of Cephalonia. The shift from graffiti to video marks a change in the artist’s work that reflects larger transformations in the relationship between artists and society in Egypt. Shehab’s quietly evocative video installation offers a view of the lingering aftermath of social upheavals. The artist describes her graffiti walls as “meeting points” that reflect the unity of humanity.

    Featured image: Bahia Shehab, We Love Life (2019)
    Image courtesy of the artist

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    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    Marriott Room, AUC Tahrir Square

  • In tandem with AUC’s Centennial, 2020 marks 100 years since Sir K.A.C. Creswell, a British Orientalist knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1970, became officially active in Cairo. On that occasion, the RBSCL, which houses his massive collection of photographs and a portion of his personal papers, will curate an exhibition to highlight his contribution in founding the study of Islamic art and architecture and the documentation of Cairo’s monuments. The exhibit will feature rare photographs never seen or published before, aerial photographs of Historic Cairo, documents, original hand-drawn plans and photography tools.

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    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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    Foyer of AUC Library