PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut

17 Dec 2008 - 14 Jan 2009


An international multi-disciplinary visual arts project in Downtown Cairo featuring a series of exhibitions, screenings, presentations, residencies, a workshop and a temporary publishing house.

17 December 2008 – 14 January 2009
Opening reception on Wednesday 17 December 2008

19-21 December 2008
9-11 January 2009
PhotoCairo4: THE LONG SHORTCUT is a large-scale visual arts project that explores the dynamics between informal and official modes of operation that continue to shape the social reality in this region and beyond.
The program revolves around a number of loose coordinates. One main site is Cairo itself as a quintessential example of an explosive mega city situated in a state characterized by a mode of perpetual crisis. Under these conditions one can think of informal structures and strategies of existence as creatively pragmatic answers that are by definition - rather than design - subversive.
On the one hand, we would like to examine transformations in images of officialdom and the rhetoric of power through media representations. However, we are also interested in poetic accounts of daily life, personal narratives and creative strategies employed by Individuals faced with the reality of navigating these mutating hybrid structures.

Agency, Ala' Younis , Ahmed Kamel, Artur Żmijewski , Babak Afrassiabi, Bernard Guillot , David Thorne & Julia Meltzer, Doa Aly, Hala Elkoussy, Hassan Khan, Heidrun Holzfeind, Ihab Jadallah, Kareem Lotfy, Larissa Sansour , Leopold Kessler, Maha Maamoun, Mahmoud Khaled, Mandy Gehrt, Mohamed Allam, Raed Yassin, Rana El Nemr
With publications, presentations and film programs by
Bassam El-Baroni, Ganzeer, George Azmy, Florian Wüst, Karim Tartoussieh, Martí Peran, Nat Muller, Pages Magazine, Urs Lehni and What, How & for Whom curators's collective (Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Devic, Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović)

PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut is curated by Aleya Hamza and Edit Molnar

Contemporary Image Collective
Townhouse Gallery
Rawabet Theater
Hungarian Cultural Institute
Rented apartment

PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut is supported by the Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD), Prohelvetia: The Swiss Arts Council, Alcatel, Goethe-Institute, Ford Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, RWE dea with additional support by the Spanish Embassy in Egypt.

Tags: Doa Aly, Hala Elkoussy, Heidrun Holzfeind, Leopold Kessler, Hassan Khan, Maha Maamoun, Rana El Nemr, Larissa Sansour, Florian Wüst, Artur Zmijewski