Cairo. Open City - New images of an ongoing revolution
"Cairo. Open City - New images of an ongoing revolution"
»Cairo. Open City« can be read in two different ways. The first is about the political and social awakening of a generation that at the beginning of mass protests 25 January 2011 has become visible on the Tahrir Square in Cairo. This story is told primarily by Egyptian artists and photographers, activists and curators. The second has to do with the role of images and the new digital networks, which partially served to initiate the uprising, record and contribute to the world.
It's on the one Hand an exhibition about Egyptian artists and photographers and how they experience the revolution and create visually. On the other hand, it is also about what role the dissemination of images in social networks and other media. This will help to initiate the insurgency, record and contribute to the world. There are parallels to other revolutions. 1989, for example, the West became aware of the Monday demonstrations in East Germany through images and movies that have arisen in an adventurous way. The only ad-vanced technology contributes today to faster and wider dissemination.
This exciting change is a statement of this exhibition and we are glad that among other things, using our wall designs that story is told in the form of this exhibition.
The exhibition is a "life-sized" image of the broadcasting center for radio and television in Cairo on the Nile River as a symbol for the central role in the dissemination of images and data. This wall design is one of the largest single objects (size: about 143 sqm), which has been displayed at the Folkwang Museum. It is amazing for the exhibition management that of a normal digital photo such a real-life application is possible.
We thank for the implementation Mr. Florian Ebner (head of the photographic collection of the Museum Folkwang, Essen), Mr. Manuel Reinartz (exhibition design) and Daniela Friebel, who has taught this work and actively supported (artist).
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