January 22, 2004 - PhotoCairo - A programme of visual arts
January 22, 2004

A programme of visual arts

A programme of visual arts, performance, public dialogue, workshops, and film.

Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art Cairo, Egypt

While photography in Egypt has historically had little support as compared to more traditional arts mediums, signs of a budding photographic movement in Egypt exist in abundance. In a significant paradigm shift without precedent, young artists today are using the camera in novel ways-as a mode for active participation, intervention and an alternative to hegemonic visual constructions.

PhotoCairo in its second year aims to build upon an evident interest in the photographic medium in Egypt and consolidate it, providing a first class venue for exhibitions and creating a space for critical discussion as to the myriad uses of the reproducible image today-from classic documentary work to installation or video. By all means, PhotoCairo is unprecedented in scope, both in the context of Egypt, and the region. PhotoCairo promises to be the only annual photography event in the region that combines exhibitions with a programme of panels, presentations, workshops and film/video.

For a full programme of the month’s events, proceed to:


Visual arts exhibitions

Jihan Ammar

Hamdi Attia

Fouad Elkoury

Hala Elkoussy

Susan Hefuna

Maha Maamoun

Amgad Naguib

Rehab El Sadek


Hassan Khan and Mahmoud Refaat

Public dialogue

Abbas (photographer, Magnum Photos)

Walter Armbrust (specialist on Egyptian visual culture, Department of Anthropology, University of Oxford)

Issam Nassar (historian, the Institute for Palestine Studies)

Panel discussion

Visual culture

Photojournalism in the Middle East region

Photography and video in the context of current exhibitions


Children’s workshop

Introduction to setting up a darkroom

Introduction to lighting

Introduction to portraiture

Introduction to computer manipulation of photographs


Seeing photographs


Works by Raymond Depardon, Fouad Elkoury, Christian Frei, and Chris

Marker among others.

Two evenings of new Palestinian video showcase works by Joana Hadjithomas

and Khalil Joreige, Azza El-Hassan, Nizar Hassan, Annemarie Jacir, Elia

Suleiman, Tawfik Abu Wael and Sobhi al-Zobaidi.

Contact Negar Azimi with inquiries at info@thetownhousegallery.com or + 20 10 33 747 68

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