'The Seven Billionth Citizen' screens at Townhouse Gallery in September

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Sep 2012

Collaborative video project examining threat of global overpopulation comes to Cairo's Townhouse Gallery on 23 September

In response to the UN's announcement in October 2011 that the world's population had reached seven billion, The Seven Billionth Citizen is collaborative video project that examines individuals in light of this overwhelming societal change. It screens on the first floor of the Townhouse Art Gallery from 23 September at 7pm. 

The artists contributing to the video project are Ayman Ramadan, Maria Lucia Cattani and Nick Rands, John Gillett and Beth Harland, Naoya Hatakeyama, and James Muriuki.

“Each artist’s contribution follows an agreed formula, inspired by the nineteenth century landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich that show a lone figure, facing away from the viewer, and gazing upon a sublime landscape — a mainstay of the European romantic tradition,” reads the Townhouse press release.

“In each video, the lone figure has an hourglass, an acknowledgement of our urge to measure the immeasurable. The project seeks to convey awe and tranquility, collectivity and isolation. It seeks to address the ambiguity of our era…”


23-29 September at 7pm 

Townhouse Art Gallery, First Floor

10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo 

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