If Not For That Wall

CIC - Contemporary Image Collective




3 May - 22 June 2017


Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme feature in 'Imagined Life in a Musuem Vitrine', part of the fourth and final instalment of the long term project If Not For That Wall at Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo.


Imagined Life In A Museum Vitrine is the fourth and final chapter of the long term project If Not For That Wall that has been taking place at CiC over the past two years. The chapter traces notions of desire and defeat inherent to the histories of national liberation movements in Egypt and the region, and the recession of collective forms of organization and ideas of the common in face of accelerated processes of segregation, individualization and consumption.


The exhibition brings together four works that look at the construction of national identity and the manifestations of the state in the modern Arab city. Through those works, Imagined Life In A Museum Vitrine examines the role of historic sites, architectural monuments, international fairs and development schemes for residential compounds as sites of representation of national identity, power and commodification. The works in the exhibition use techniques of montage, layered soundscapes as well as collages of archival material and model layouts to capture a sense of the estrangement and tensions that resonate in the present.


Similar to previous chapters, Imagined Life In A Museum Vitrine consists of an exhibition, alongside a program of discussions, artist talks, screenings, a workshop, and a selection of related books available in CiC's library.


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May 9, 2017