Art Alert: Exhibition explores interplay of cinema with audience imagination

Ahram Online, Monday 20 May 2013

Film and video art exhibition held at Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo in collaboration with London's Tate Modern explores complex relationships between moving images and perception

CIC Tate Modern Objects
Sherif El-Azma, Powerchord Skateboard 2006 Video still

Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) is collaborating with the UK's Tate Modern in a collective video art exhibition entitled ‘Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear’, which raises questions about the nature of cinema and moving images, and the role played by the audiences' imaginations and perceptions in constructing narratives.

The exhibition features seven international artists; Herman Asselberghs, Manon de Boer, Sherif El-Azma, Patricia Esquivias, Lars Laumann, Maha Maamoun, and Ján Mančuška. The video art and film works showcased at the Contemporary Image Collective in downtown Cairo explore interrelationships between image, narrative and the viewer's perception.

"The film and video works in this exhibition expose the fracture between what we are shown on screen and what we see," reads the exhibition press release. "Borrowing from various cinematic conventions, as well as formats including lecture, documentary, rehearsal and found footage, they examine the limits of our imagination and credulity."

According to Tate Modern, the projects currently showcased at CIC "range from an epic, accusatory monologue about the offences of mainstream movies like Avatar, to a collage of YouTube footage showing a break-in at the Cairo State security headquarters in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution."

‘Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear’ was exhibited at the Tate Modern in London from 9 November 2012 to 17 February 2013.

Exhibition runs until 12 June
22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, 4th Floor
Downtown Cairo

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