Art Alert: Films on photography, image reconstruction to show in Rawabet

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Feb 2014

A programme of videos and films dubbed 'Featherweight Portable Cinema, Part I' features several artists' works on imagery in Rawabet Theatre

Still from Domestic Tourism II by Maha Mamoon

Rawabet Theatre is set to host two nights of films and video artworks on Saturday, 1 March, and Sunday, 2 March, to acompany the exhibition "The House of Rare Historic Photographs" currently on show in the Townhouse Gallery's First Floor Space.

The programme "Featherweight Portable Cinema, Part I" features films by Maha Maamoun, Wael Omar and Philippe Dib, Ahmed Shawky and Rania Stephan.

According to the programme information, the films and videos presented "undermine the veracity of the photograph, sabotage the construction sites of visual representation and reshuffle the anthology of images that we consult to remember the past."

On Saturday, 1 March, Maha Mamoon's 'Domestic Tourism II' (2009) and Wael Omar and Philippe Dib's 'In Search of Oil and Sand' (2012) will be screened.

Mamoon's film utilises footage from Egyptian films that use the pyramids as the backdrop to events to explore ways in which these histroic monuments can be reinscribed into the complex political, social and historical moment in urban narratives.

'In Search of Oil and Sand' is a film made by members of the Egyptian royal family and a few friends and relatives in 1952 about a coup d'état, shot just weeks before the royals were overthrown in a real coup. The material was reassembled and presented last year.

On Sunday, 2 March, 'Mr Moonlight' (2014) by Ahmed Shawky and 'The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny' (2011) by Rania Stephan will be showing.

'Mr Moonlight' is a short video on listening to secondhand retold stories and how they lose their original meanings. 'The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny' is a fragmented reconstruction of Soad Hosny's films and iconic scenes to tell a new story that the filmmaker wished to share.

Part II of the screening programme in the following week will show 'Camera Mayya' (2012) and 'I Don't Know' (2012) by Paul Geday and 'Crop' (2012) by Joanna Domke and Marouan Omara on Saturday, 8 March.

On Sunday, 9 March, 'The Walls of Sanaa' (1971) by Pier Paolo Pasolini and 'The Lost Film' (2003) by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will be screened.


Saturday 1 March at 7.30pm
'Domestic Tourism II' followed by 'In Search of Oil and Sand'

Sunday 2 March at 7.30pm
'Mr Moonlight' followed by 'The Three Disapperances of Soad Hosny'

Saturday March 8 at 7.30pm
'Camera Mayya' and 'I Don’t Know' followed by 'Crop'

Sunday March 9
'The Walls of Sanaa' followed by 'The Lost Film'

Rawabet Theatre, 3 Hussein Al-Maamar Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Talaat Harb, Downtown Cairo

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