Exhibition Opening | Sursock Museum – Maha Maamoun: The Law of Existence

Dates: 24 February, 2017 to 12 June, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday 23 February from 18:00 to 21:00
Location: Sursock Museum, Twin Galleries, GF

Working primarily with video and photography, Maha Maamoun’s work deals with the circulation and function of images in vernacular culture, reframing these as tools for critical insights and analysis. The Law of Existence brings together works that deal with the many faces and forms of state power in contemporary Egypt, from its manifestation in the intimate lives of citizens to power solidified in the edifices of government headquarters. The works exhibited here were produced within the last five years, during a time of great change and upheaval in Egypt. At the heart of these works is a reflection on human nature, both dark and bright, in times of uncertainty.

Maha Maamoun (b. 1972) lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Her work is generally interested in examining the form, function, and currency of common cultural visual and literary images as an entry point to investigating the cultural fabric that we weave and are weaved into. She also works collaboratively on independent publishing and curatorial projects. She co-founded the independent publishing platform called Kayfa-ta in 2013. She is also a founding board member of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), an independent non-profit space for art and culture founded in Cairo in 2004.

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