ibraaz Platform Reader

Ibraaz included my review of the exhibition When Art Becomes Liberty
The Egyptian Surrealists (1938–1965) in its Platform Reader 010_07. The exhibition ran from September 28–October 28, 2016 at Cairo’s Palace of Arts and was co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi, Dr Salah M. Hassan, Ehab Ellaban and Dr Nagla Samir and organised by Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with The Ministry of Culture in Egypt, Sector of Fine Arts, and the American University in Cairo.

Installation with reproductions of Van-Leo’s photography.

Also included in Reader 010_07:

Dark Matters Morehshin Allahyari in conversation with Hannah GregoryWe Are Sick, But We Are Alive Haig Aivazian in conversation with Rayya BadranReversing Power, Allowing Possibilities Yael Bartana in conversation with Clelia Coussonnet, project Doppelgänging by Basma AlsharifDear Animal: Notes in a Conversation on a Film by Maha Maamoun by Mohamed BeshirArt et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938–1948) at the Centre Pompidou a review by Amina DiabAl Araba Al Madfuna: Wael Shawky at the Fondazione Merz a review by Dan JakubowskiThe 4th Aflam International Festival of Arab Cinema a review by Natasha Marie LlorensOff the Record: Nil Yalter at ARTER, Istanbul a review by Rasit MutluMustafa Hulusi; Negative Ecstasy at Dirimart, Istanbul a review by Tom Snow, Questions of Collectivity in the Absence of Connectivity: On Qalandiya International 2016 in Ramallah a review by Shuruq Harb, and the Larissa Sansour Trilogy by Larissa Sansour


Ibraaz included in its Platform Reader 009_06my report on a three-day symposium at the American University in Cairo called The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective, an event in which twenty-three presentations offered a range of uncovered histories of the Egyptian Surrealists. It was a collaborative effort between the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and the American University in Cairo that marked the first large-scale attempt to bring academics and artists together to historicize the Egyptian Surrealism movement.


Also included in Reader 009_06 are contributions by Reza ArameshDoa AlyNujoom Al GhanemMarwa Arsanios, Wafaa Bilal, Fari Bradley, Fayçal Baghriche, Eric BaudelaireTania El KhouryAdham Faramawy, Samah Hijawi, Hasan Hujairi, Helene Kazan, Yazan Khalili and Lara Khaldi, Hassan Khan, Todd Reisz, Sondos Shabayek, Hassan Sharif, Urok Shirhan, and Stephen Sheehi.