WINDOWS – Video Exhibition at Rooftop Studios, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

A collaborative Video Exhibition
March 24th – April 1st, 7 – 10 pm
Rooftop Studios
7 Noubar Street, Mounira, Cairo

Windows video exhibition that is the outcome of Aras Ozgun’s 3 weeks workshop at American University in Cairo and Townhouse Gallery which involved 15 students, film makers, artists, academics with or without prior experience in video art. The exhibition was developed during the span of Aras’s residency with AUC’s Performance and Visual Arts Department.

Artists contributing to the exhibition are; Ahmed El Gendy, Amira Hanafi, Amran Frey, Angela Harutyunyan, Aras Ozgun, Belle Gironda, Corey Sattler, Hani Sami Lotfi Naguib, Heba Amin
Lara J. Worcester, Mariam Mekiwi, Maya Asfour, Mohammed Alaa, Mohammed El-Assyouti, Nagham Osman, Nork Zakarian, and Yasmin Shash.

The project has provided an open framework (literally, “window frames”) which combines and cultivates different experimental narratives, aesthetic techniques and method that are possible in video. It encourages the audience to relate to the physicality of windows both as (un)demarcators of private and public spheres as well as subjective and social borders or unbound situations through which the subject relates to the surrounding world.

The window is understood as a liminal space, as a metaphor, as a form of experience, as a social function and as a poetic device. Each video contains an “event” that relates to the situation by utilizing narrative or non-narrative form/technique that works with windows: An off-screen voice or
dialogue conveying a story, or audible/visible clues of something that takes place in the room behind the camera –or at the outside, or a small act in front or outside of the window, or just an interval of time.

Each video itself is a space that opens to another one, each video contains an “event” that takes place in this opening –a view or a story that relates to a slice of time. None of the videos directly connect to the others: together they form a heterotopic space, a multiplicity of places, identities and narratives –a room with many views. While each contributors’ work remains an autonomous piece, at it nonetheless resonates with the others and forms a collective and participatory body of work at the same time.

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