Our team aims to develop a relationship between the inter disciplines of visual arts and the public realm by inviting artists to become part of an interactive mechanism for social cultural criticism in Contemporary Egyptian Arts. In order to achieve this, we have designed a series of panel discussions, inviting important cultural producers from various backgrounds in contemporary Egyptian arts to familiarize themselves with our current exhibitors and to also introduce them to the emerging practitioners in the field. This includes public and private institutions, foundations and non profitable organizations who support the emerging scene. We also seek artists to be placed in a controversial zone, where by their ideas are publicly exposed and will not be considered always welcome to alternative institutions or practitioners in the field, however offer important alternatives to what is typically viewed in the art scene in Cairo.
GPS by Artist Osama Abdel Moneim
PANEL DISCUSSIONS PROGRAM
SUNDAY JAN15th, 2012
HOW CULTURAL POLICIES AND DIVERSITY CAN SUPPORT THE VISUAL ARTS IN EGYPT
An arrangement of 13 Egyptian artists reconsidering the past 30 years, born within the late 1970s to mid 1980s, bring their criticisms towards the previous Egyptian regime, and realizing the past 30 years as a time for national reflection on what had happened to them personally, collectively, and internationally in the eyes of social politics. Alternatively the times of change being faced since the Arab Spring, due to the critical presence of the “Artist as Citizen” in the contemporary Egyptian streets, we have come to realize that the 30 preceding years needed to be erased, or in some cases revised, developed and reintroduced from the artist’s perspective. Hence, the name “Shift Delete 30,” is that act of socio-political criticism, reexamination, and deletion of 30 years of social and political anarchy.
Ahmed Abd El-Fattah – Mohamed Abdallah Ahmed El-Samrah – Mohamed Ezz
Amr Amer – Mohamed Mohsen Bassem Yousri – Mostafa El-Bana
Ibrahim Saad – Osama Dawod Islam Kamal – Osama A. Monein – Tamer Shahen
(Shift delete 30) is a contemporary visual art project (Exhibition and series of panel discussions) organized by young artist collation under the umbrella of Egyptian Culture Ministry – Fine arts sector, with the support of Out Of The Circle Initiative and Finding projects organization. The project idea based on reconsidering a previous thirty years either with deletion or addition or reformulation in the way every artist see it suitable within a period of time, to enable us define its feature and find a logical and systematic evaluation of this period .
The young artist collation group thinks it is important to open the field for all the thoughts and ideologies without any bias or discrimination, to help in the creation of an ideological and intellectual move, aim to have a social dialog and a creative opportunity without being bounded with customs, traditional or norms, and to fly away from all the bureaucratic forms which cripple any chance of development, and has no aim but to be isolate from the surrounded world and to froze the minds.
The group is pursuing the method of shock to break all the taboos that control our life, and think that new ideas and different styles must be presented to create a dialog between the artist and the public and that can happen through direct contact with realty and its prohibition that impose or incite a social shock aim to create an artistic perestroika which will strike the public and force them to reconsider their ideas and thoughts.
The group try to create an interactive relation between the public and visual art, through inviting artist to participate in several interactive exhibitions aim to discover a real mechanism to develop the contemporary Art, and try to understand and analyze the Egyptian artistic field to reach a clear and specific scale of the contemporary concept of artistic work.
Create a dialog between public and artists through the accepting and the rejecting reaction produced by a group of unusual exhibition, which will cause social and cultural shock.
Measure the curve of artistic development of young Artist and define specific bases of the Egyptian contemporary Art.
Make a space for predicting of realty, through artists induction of past and present details.
Present a different philosophy aim to create social and cultural shock.