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Art Alert: Artists re-examine Maspero through collective exhibition

Following a 2011 collective exhibition on Egypt's TV building, artists gather again for its sequel, opening this weekend at Darb 1718

Ahram Online, Thursday 27 Feb 2014
Maspero II: The Sequel

The exhibition 'Maspero II: The Sequel' will open on Saturday 1 March at Darb 1718 and will feature works by Ahmed El-Shaer, Aisha Al-Shabrawy, Ali Abdel-Mohsen, Amr El-Kafrawy, Azza Eissa, Moataz Nasr, Moawya Helal, May El-Hossamy, Yassmin El-Meligy and Youssef Limoud.

The opening night on Saturday will also feature a live performance by Ramy Essam, a young musician dubbed 'The Revolution Singer'.

'Maspero II: The Sequel' is a follow up to a 2011 exhibition curated by Ali Abdel-Mohsen, featuring the works of artists who dealt with the topic of censorship, media freedom and the iconic television building using painting, writing, video, photography, graffiti and even architecture.

This time around, some of the artists from the original exhibition, along with new names, are revisiting these concepts almost three years later to see what has changed - or rather has not since the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution.

Maspero represents more than 60 years of state-sponsored and state-produced media, whether on the political or cultural level.

'Maspero II: The Sequel' opens on Saturday 1 March at 7pm
Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo
(Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)
The exhibition is ongoing until 1 April
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm (except Fridays starting 2pm)

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