Art Alert: Sidewalk Stories at Tahrir Lounge tackles harassment

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Aug 2015

The photography exhibition at Tahrir Lounge titled Sidewalk Stories explores women’s issues and experiences on the streets

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Poster for Sidewalk Stories workshop held in May (Photo: courtesy of Sidewalk Stories)

Sidewalk stories is a photography exhibition featuring the works of 17 young women of different nationalities, who reflect on their experiences of public space in Egypt and the challenges they face in terms of harassment and being judged.

The photographs will present the women’s favorite spaces in Cairo, coupled with a personal item they use, apply or wear on the streets.

A result of two storytelling workshops held earlier this year in May, the exhibition is the second phase of their discussions around gender dynamics and women in Cairo’s public spaces.

Aiming to find ways of making women feel safer, and providing communal support through shared experiences, the workshop looked at how society shapes identities and self-perception, and how harassment can influence daily decisions and movement in the public space.

The exhibit, curated by Sara Seliman, will be touring other cities around Egypt, and more workshops are planned to take place at Tahrir Lounge.

The exhibition opens 1 September at 7pm, and will run until 21 September.
Open from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and until 8pm on 9 and 10 September.
Tahrir Lounge at Goethe Institut, 5 Bustan Street, off Talaat Harb Street, downtown Cairo


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