“Parallel Spaces”, is a dual exhibition of paintings by Fatma Abo Doma and Agnes Michalczyk currently showing at Arcade gallery.
According to Agnes Michalczyk, “Cairo is an overcrowded city whose public space is not really accommodating… and yet a huge part of everyday life happens in the street. Traditionally the street and public space in Arab cities were and still are a domain of men. I have always been drawn to these rare and seemingly odd islands in urban space that are occupied by women, to the way women appropriate small spaces in the domain traditionally belonging to men and manage to create their own. For several years now I have been drawing and documenting or imagining different ways in which women deal with restricted access to the public sphere, challenging it and adapting it for their everyday use.”
Michalczyk is a visual artist living and working in Cairo. She is a graduate of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany in 2011, and taught art at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts at the German University in Cairo from 2012 to 2019. Her work explores urban space in Cairo from a female perspective, and she has been working on the idea of the body as the territory connecting the personal to the public.
The exhibition will remain on view until 1 March.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 13 February, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.