Beyond Classification

Marwa Adel, Sara Bayoumy
, Marwa Benhalim, Hend and Asmaa Elkolaly, Yousria Ghorab, Mai Al Shazly, Nouran Sherif

October 23, 2015 – November 20, 2015

This exhibition focuses on the women artists from Egypt working in video, film and other media arts. The aim is to highlight the diversity and complexity of the roles that these media and these artists play in contemporary Egyptian society.

These are artists whose work has developed during and been transformed by one the most dramatic periods of modern Egyptian history. The power of electronic media as a vehicle for social change has been abundantly obvious since the revolution that unseated Hosni Mubarack over three years ago. What is remarkable however, is the way that the application of these media has evolved since. As Egypt continues to undergo drastic change and periods of social and political upheaval, the strategies and approaches to using video and other electronic media have transformed. Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan of UCLA has published numerous articles on this subject and has provided advice in developing the concept for this exhibition. The lives of these artists and their working methods have both undergone significant shifts in the last few years.

Greg Pond
Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History
The University of the South

Co-curated with Dr. Nagla Samir, American University in Cairo

Hear an interview with artist Mai Al Shazly and co-curator Greg Pond on WTJU's Soundboard.

See the exhibition card here

Exhibition Sponsors

Virginia Film Festival
The AV Company
University of Virginia Arts Council