Art Alert: Spring Festival launches exhibition at Hotel Viennoise

Ahram Online, Sunday 11 May 2014

Spring Festival will launch a visual arts exhibition with works by two artists: Said Balbaki from Lebanon and Heba Khalifa from Egypt, to open on 12 May and continue until 25 May

Spring Festival 2014
(Photo from the Spring Festival's promotional material)

The Norwegian Red Zone Festival, hosted within the ongoing Spring Festival, will put on an exhibition by two visual artists in Hotel Viennoise -- Fictional Museum by Said Balbaki (Lebanon) and Photos from the Square by Heba Khalifa (Egypt).

Balbaki presents installations which challenge the credibility of museums as proper sites for artefacts and which comment on the shattered unity of Lebanon after the civil war. "Often devoid of people, his works portray piles of items such as suitcases, shoes, clothing and other belongings, symbolising lost, unrecorded and forgotten stories of history," we read in the notes to the exhibition.

On the other hand Khalifa, a photojournalist for Al-Shorouk newspaper, presents a collection of her paintings and collages. The artist displays works which present the Battle of Qasr El-Nil Bridge, a famed scene from the first days of the January 2011 revolution. She also visits old Egyptian sites creating a vibrant comparison between the revolution and ancient history.

The exhibition opens on Monday 12 May and will run until 25 May, daily between 12pm and 10pm.
11 Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown Cairo

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