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Egypt’s award winning exhibit features amongst the other Arab nations in this article by Caline Malak

September 15, 2018 18:24

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London Design Biennale press opening

We collaborated with the curator Mohammed Elshahed (photo credit) for the design of the Egypt exhibit at this year’s London Design Biennale at Somerset House #LDB18 go see it from tomorrow.

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Suzanne Gaballa says, “Egypt’s exhibition at the 2018 London Design Biennale reflects on the impermanence of architecture and subsequent historical loss to society. Visitors are invited to explore whilst unknowingly contributing to the erasure of Al Emara’s title inscribed on the floor, reinforcing the themes of Modernist Indignation.”

Modernist Indignation is curated by Mohamed Elshahed, former British Museum curator for the Modern Egypt Project and author of the forthcoming book Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, published by the American University in Cairo Press in early 2019. Elshahed says “Sayed Karim’s story shows the precarious position of being Egyptian and modernist in the years of nationalist politics, he is excluded from the international narrative of modernism, and his career and legacy are denied a place in national history when he no longer served a political purpose for the Nasser regime. Al Emara and Sayed Karim illustrate the vulnerability of design culture.”

 

Commissioned by Zein Khalifa (Tintera)

Lighting design by www.seam-design.com

Fabrication by Westby and Jones Ltd

 

LDB Egypt featured in Wallpaper

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Modernist Indignation   Country:  Eygpt  Curator:  Mohamed Elshahed  Egypt’s entry sees the editors of  Al Emara , the first Arabic-language design magazine (1939-1959), recreate the lost culture of the country, and its modernism monuments. Using the magazine’s archival content and an accompanying video of the house of architect Sayed Karim who founded  Al Emara , they will educate visitors with a celebration of Egypt’s modernist past

Modernist Indignation
Country: Eygpt
Curator: Mohamed Elshahed

Egypt’s entry sees the editors of Al Emara, the first Arabic-language design magazine (1939-1959), recreate the lost culture of the country, and its modernism monuments. Using the magazine’s archival content and an accompanying video of the house of architect Sayed Karim who founded Al Emara, they will educate visitors with a celebration of Egypt’s modernist past