Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo

January 18–March 17, 2012

Organized by the SMFA, “Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo” is an exhibition of recent video and multimedia installations by some of Egypt’s most important and influential contemporary artists. Signaling the myriad of social and political circumstances that preceded the 2011 revolution, the exhibited works explore issues of movement, social change, and transformation, and navigate the uncertainty and optimism inherent to the future of Egypt.

The exhibition features works by Mohamed Abla, Shady El Noshokaty, Sabah Naim, and Moataz Nasr. Also included is a video installation by artist Ahmed Basiony, who was killed during the violent uprising in Tahrir Square while filming footage for the work itself. Edited by Shady El Noshokaty, this work represented Egypt in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Learn more at www.smfa.edu


Above: Moataz Nasr, film still from Merge and Emerge, 2011. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin.