Refuge--Five Cities' Portfolios to open at Townhouse Gallery

Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 Jun 2011

A photography exhibition tracing urban change in Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Dubai will open in Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art next Sunday

Bas Princen

On Sunday 19 June, the Refuge--Five Cities' Portfolios exhibition will open at Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary art.

The exhibition features photography by Bas Princen, an architect and photographer of public spaces based in Rotterdam. Through his photographs, Princen captures urban landscape in Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Dubai, tracing the changes these cities have undergone.

Princen studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and has exhibited in various international group and solo shows. He contributed to the research project 'Shrinking Cities' and the art project Atelier HSL. In 2004 he published his book Artificial Arcadia and received the Charlotte Köhler prize for promising young artists and architects. Together with Milica Topalovic in 2006 he was nominated for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome Architecture.

The opening will host a discussion with the artist.

The exhibition will be on-going until 6 July at the first floor in Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art located in Hussein El Me’mar Pasha street, off Mahmoud Bassiouny street in Downtown Cairo.

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