Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo

January 25, 2014 - June 8, 2014

Lower Jette Galleries

Curated by Co-curated by Ahmed Abdalla and SMFA Curator Joanna Soltan for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Opening to coincide with the third anniversary of the first protests in Tahrir Square, Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo presents distinctive filmic visions of Egypt’s current political and social environment. Consisting of video and multimedia installations by some of the strongest and most engaged among contemporary artists currently living in Cairo,Histories of Now approaches the reshaping of Egypt not from an outside Western perspective but rather from within, offering a vision of the country’s current cultural and art-making practices. The six artists in the exhibition are Mohamed Abla, Ahmed Basiony, Hala Elkoussy, Shady El Noshokaty, Sabah Naim, and Moataz Nasr.

Banner Image: Moataz Nasr, Merge and Emerge (Detail), 2001, Three-channel video installation, 6:25 minutes, Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin