Mediamatic Travel // Amsterdam Biennale

I was the Mediamatic Travel cultural guide to Cairo from 2008 thought 2012. Mediamatic is an Amsterdam-based art center dedicated to new developments in the arts since 1983 that organizes lectures, workshops and art projects, focusing on nature, biotechnology and art+science in a strong international network. In 2008 they launched Mediamatic Travel, a DIY travel agency and network of cultural professionals from all over the world, with the tagline What better way to discover a city than through its contemporary art?  girlScreen Shot 2019-10-17 at 03.51.49Screen Shot 2019-10-17 at 03.51.12

In 2009, Mediamatic launched the Amsterdam Biennale as part of Mediamatic Travel. There was also a hardcopy travel guide/catalogue. The guide and the website each featured several of my photographs from Cairo.

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The Amsterdam Biennale 2009 presented “the contemporary art scene from all over the world,” with more than thirty curators from the Mediamatic network providing their view of art in their city. The Biennale opened on October 16, 2009 and by January 3, 2010 there were 37 pavilions: Kabul, Naples, Amsterdam 1 & 2 & 3, Melbourne, Belgrade, Damascus, Munich, Boston, Cairo, Tallinn, Lima 1 & 2, Stuttgart, Portland, Kobe, Beirut, Istanbul, Casablanca, Seoul, Bogota, Tokyo, Leeds, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Tehran, Rio de Janeiro, Bamako, Taipei, Brooklyn 1 & 2, Rome, Copenhagen, Milan, Porto Alegre and Nicosia.

The Cairo Pavilion featured work by artist Dina Danish under the title Manuals for Failure and was curated by Nat Muller.