Cairo 11
Mohamed Abouelnaga
5:44min, 2012, Egypt
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The Egyptian long narrative film Cairo 30 (1966) was written by the late Egyptian Nobel Prize winner novelist Naguib Mahfouz to show the social corruption and compromises made by the Elite to fulfil their intention. Artist Mohamed Abouelnaga re-edit scenes of the classic, juxtaposing and dissolving it with the his own footage made from Tahrir Square and the murals recounting the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. The dialogue of the classic film becomes the narration of the events January 25.Mohamed Abouelnaga is a multidisciplinary visual artist and curator. Throughout his colourful career, he created award winning art projects, fulfilled his responsibility towards his community and brought up new generation of young artists with his teaching, workshop and his multitude of practices.
Born in the Egyptian city of Tanta, Abouelnaga graduated with honour in 1983 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University then received his Master’s Degree in 1992. Four years later, he was the first Middle Eastern artist to receive a grant from the Japan Foundation allowing him to travel for six months to be part of a workshop, under the supervision of pioneering Japanese artist Kyoko Ibe, where he incorporated experiences and techniques in the arts of manual paper-making between Washi Japanese paper and Egyptian papyrus. During this period, Abouelnaga also participated in a variety of art and technical workshops and realized a solo exhibition in the Japanese city of Kyoto. He had recent painting and video exhibitions in Los Angeles, Doha, Dubai, and Switzerland.