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  • Sounds as if

    Mai Elwakil reviews the centrepiece exhibition of the fifth iteration of D-CAF, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo. Curated by Aleya Hamza and featuring the work of six international artists, Elwakil notes the auditory sensations that recur throughout this exhibition and that 'connect what might otherwise seem like a...

  • Colony – Latitude

    Mai Elwakil reviews Colony – Latitude, an exhibition by Egyptian artist Shady El Noshokaty at Cairo's Gypsum Gallery (5 October–25 November 2015). For this show, the artist presented a living sculpture that grew over an eight-week period: a bubblegum-pink mountain range presenting the highest land points in each of his...

  • Assembled in Streams of Synonyms

    Mai Elwakil reviews the exhibition Assembled in Streams of Synonyms, a solo show by Rana ElNemr at the American University in Cairo's Sharjah Art Gallery – and encounters a display that presents the characteristics of a daydream, detached from the reality of the everyday and the experience of the art...

  • Hassan Khan in Cairo

    This solo exhibition, an eponymous show by the Egyptian artist Hassan Khan, constituted the entire visual arts program of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Egypt's only international multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival. Mai Elwakil reviews the exhibition, which presented twenty-one works, made between 1997 and the present, many of which...

  • An Open Methodology

    I remember seeing the work of Egyptian artist Ahmed Nagy for the first time in 2010. From one of the back galleries of Cairo's Palace of the Arts roared the sound of a TV host presenting a game show in Ultimate Computing The Holy Zero (2010), a video projection...