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  • ArteEast announces Art Omi 2016 Residents!
    ArteEast announces Art Omi 2016 Residents!

    Posted: Apr 22, 2016

    ArteEast, in partnership with Art Omi International, is pleased to announce Bassem Yousri and Lara Tabet as the two recipients of the 2016 ArteEast Artists Residency at the Art Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. This joint residency initiative began in 2011 supporting MENA artists in order to encourage and bolster a global arts exchange.

  • Zig Zig: Bridging an Unbridgeable Distance to Rape in 1919?
    Zig Zig: Bridging an Unbridgeable Distance to Rape in 1919?

    Publication: Mada Masr | Posted: Apr 21, 2016

    "Zig Zig opens with five women sitting behind desks in a row at the back of the stage. One plays the violin, another reads an archival document that sets the scene, and the others mime leafing through documents. I liked this set-up. They move around and return to the desks, combining dance, song and acting. Each play different roles at different moments, reading from the archives, reflecting on them, acting as the military, the native prosecution or the women themselves giving testimony and answering harsh questions in the British military court."

  • Mona Hatoum: It’s All Luck. I Feel Things Happen Accidentally
    Mona Hatoum: It’s All Luck. I Feel Things Happen Accidentally

    Publication: The Guardian | Posted: Apr 17, 2016

    “I don’t really understand what ambition means. I take things one piece at a time. I’m excited about working on something, that’s all. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and I still don’t. I don’t know if I think in terms of a career. I don’t have a strategy. It’s just the next show. I used to say to my father: ‘I’m lucky: I got this, or that.’ And he would say: ‘No, no, you deserve it. You’ve been working hard.’ But I was determined: ‘No, it’s all luck.’ I feel things happen accidentally.”

  • Court Strips Actors, Musicians of Arrest Powers

    Publication: Mada Masr | Posted: Apr 17, 2016

    An administrative court has annulled a ministerial decision to grant powers of arrest to the musicians and actors syndicates, according to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR). Last September, then-Minister of Justice Ahmed al-Zend issued a decree granting six council members of the Actors Syndicate ­– including the syndicate’s president and secretary general – judicial police powers, to be used in instances where the laws regulating the syndicate, its memberships or artistic production have been violated.

  • Art and Liberty in Egypt, Today and Yesterday
    Art and Liberty in Egypt, Today and Yesterday

    Publication: The Cairo Review | Posted: Apr 12, 2016

    Continued neglect for the heritage of the Egyptian Surrealist movement, despite a resurgence in interest abroad, raises questions about the politics of culture in Egypt.

  • Middle East Solos: Out of Context, Creating a New One
    Middle East Solos: Out of Context, Creating a New One

    Publication: American Theatre | Posted: Mar 29, 2016

    “They’re not there to talk about gender, but obviously it stems from a feminine and feminist perspective,” said Hafez. And, as there is a prevalent American media depiction of Middle Eastern women as disempowered, audience members who entered the venue drunk on that spiked Kool-Aid were likely to leave sobered up by the diversity and evident power of the performers. Said choreographer and NYLA artistic director Bill T. Jones, who conceived the festival with Kriegsmann, “We think [women from the MENA region] are oppressed or deluded. Then we see these women expressing themselves as individuals. That’s important for us to see.”

  • Exhibition: “Bricks,” Taymour Grahne Gallery
    Exhibition: “Bricks,” Taymour Grahne Gallery

    Date: Mar 10, 2016 - May 07, 2016

    Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to present Bricks, a solo exhibition of new thick oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Nadia Ayari.

  • Seminar: “Denormalizing Bodies. Rehearsing Citizenship,” Ashkal Alwan
    Seminar: “Denormalizing Bodies. Rehearsing Citizenship,” Ashkal Alwan

    Date: Feb 01, 2016 - Mar 02, 2016

    Relating to the ongoing debate on the interconnections between art, society and the public, Denormalizing Bodies. Rehearsing Citizenship will focus on the body’s capacity for action whithin these dynamics.

  • Hysterical Choir of The Frightened
    Hysterical Choir of The Frightened

    Publication: Ibraaz | Posted: Mar 10, 2016

    "On 25 January 2014, thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. On that day, only the supporters of the army and the actions of its commander in chief were admitted into the square. The Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protests taking place in the vicinity were immediately crushed with tear gas and live ammunition. The proximity of the celebrations and the killings led many journalists to call it a day of 'death and dance'. The festive crowd was likened to a 'hysterical choir of fear'."

  • ArteEast Review: Jihan El-Tahri’s “Nasser”
    ArteEast Review: Jihan El-Tahri’s “Nasser”

    Posted: Mar 09, 2016

    Nasser, a documentary by director Jihan El-Tahri, was recently screened as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s “Doc FortNight 2016” in collaboration with the African Film Festival. Nasser is the first part of the already completed trilogy, which further interrogates the eras of Anwar El-Sadat and Hosny Mubarak, “Egypt’s modern Pharaohs.”

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