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Egyptian artist Jasmina Metwaly holds solo exhibition in Berlin

The exhibition titled We Are Not Worried In the Least opens at Berlin's SAVVY Contemporary

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Feb 2018
Jasmina Metwaly
(Photo: still provided by the SAVVY Contemporary)
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Egyptian–Polish artist Jasmina Metwaly will hold a solo exhibition titled We Are Not Worried In the Least from 13 to 25 February at Berlin's SAVVY Contemporary art space. The exhibition will then reopen between 1 and 11 March.

"The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to the current permanent state of paranoia in the country, a political limbo that can only be described as a state of mundane and monotonous violence," reads the exhibition statement.

On display is the material Metwaly has been producing since 2011, against a particular historical backdrop that includes the "turbulent political and social landscape of Egypt in the timeframe starting with the 2011 Revolution, through the grassroots initiatives," all the way to the "reinforcement of laws and the production of a continuous state of fear," according to the artist.

Born to an Egyptian father and a Polish mother, Metwaly is a Cairo-Berlin-based artist and filmmaker, working with people and their histories, texts, archives, images, scripts and drawings.

Metwaly is "interested in how stories create stories, and how they leave the space of one reality and enter another, intertwining the boundaries of both. Rooted in performance and theatre, her works focus on process-based practices that have a social function that generates tension between participants and audiences."

"Metwaly's work has been exhibited at international art venues and festivals, including the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Berlinale Forum Expanded," reads the exhibition literature.

"Since 2010, she has also collaborated on projects with filmmaker Philip Rizk. Together, they have recently co-curated a program How to Act: On Stages and Storytellers at Beirut, in Cairo,

"In 2015, their feature-length film, Out on the Street, was presented in the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and at MoMA within the exhibition Films from Here: Recent views from the Arab world. In 2017 she was an artist in residency at the DAAD in Berlin."

We Are Not Worried In the Least accompanies this year’s 13th Forum Expanded at the 68th Berlinale.

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