Art Alert: Futuropolis returns to Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Jan 2015

Exhibition runs from 21 January to 5 February

Egyptian visual artist and curator Paul Geday is putting together the third edition of Futuropolis, a cultural initiative that sheds light on the relationship between visual artists and the city they live in.

Speaking about the first Futuropolis in 2010, Geday told Ahram Online: "Most of the artists in Egypt include the city in their works... sometimes in a nostalgic sense or another, but we wanted to concentrate on the future because no one has a global view of the future.” 

This year, Futuropolis asked eight artists to sift through their archived work, pulling out pieces that symbolise, to them, the words "unit" and "obsession".

"This chapter is concerned with the reflection on the notion of 'basic unit' as the origin of everything... Artists, not unlike architects, often use core units or basic themes as the start of their work and build on it, sometimes in obsessive ways," reads the press statement about Futuropolis 3. 

The artists taking part in the exhibition are Ahmed Nagy, Amanda Kerdahi, Gaspare Otto Melcher, Georges Kazazian, Huda Lutfi, Mahmoud Hamdi, Mohamed Monaiseer and the late Mohsan Sharara.

Opening of Futuropolis 3
Wednesday 21 January, 7pm at Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre 
2 Saad Zaghloul Street, Mounira, Cairo
The show runs until 5 February. 

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