Art Alert: Multimedia exhibit inspired by mushrooms in Cairo and Berlin

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Mar 2015

Two female artists from Egypt and Germany reflect on identity, place and time using mushrooms as a metaphor in an exhibition titled Mushrooming between Cairo and Berlin, opening 30 March at the German Embassy in Cairo

Artwork from the Mashrooming exhibition (Photo: courtesy of the German Embassy in Cairo)

Opening 30 March at the German Embassy in Cairo, a multimedia exhibition titled Mushrooming is a project featuring the work of two artists, Egyptian Sarah Samy and German Yvonne Buchheim. The artists seek in mushrooms a local guide for their art projects, 

With both artists recently moving from their home countries, the exhibit sees Samy exploring mushrooms in Berlin, while Buchheim tackles the project in Cairo.

Curator of the exhibit, Kasha Bittner herself has moved between the two cities.

“Finding ourselves in places and cultures unknown, we have had to approach and enquire about them. For this process we decided to have some local guides, and mushrooms seemed the perfect candidates,” she says.

Samy exhibits digitally manipulated or repainted photos, drawings, and sculpture, expressing her wonder encountering natural mushrooms in the forests of Germany, in addition to a video project.

Buchheim created an animation video, an abstract documentation of people’s interaction with artificial mushrooms she created and placed in public spaces.


The exhibition opens 30 March at 11 am and will run till 23 April
Vitrines in the front of the German Embassy in Cairo, 2 Berlin street (off Hassan Sabri street), Zamalek

Video screenings will take place at Goethe Institut Downtown, 5 El-Bustan street, Downtown Cairo, and Goethe Institut Dokki, 13 Hussein Wassef street, Dokki. 


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