AUC’s Tahrir Cultural Center announces a trilogy of exhibitions addressing questions of art, technology and society. Collectively, these exhibitions probe the creative disruptions and possibilities enabled by technology. Technology helps generate the conditions of possibility for creating, circulating and seeing new kinds of art, while the artistic imagination extends the capacity of technology for social change. At the same time, technology can erect other kinds of barriers whose implications can remain obscure. How does the artist’s visual language reflect, engage and impact the relationship between technology and society?
Known for her groundbreaking work combining Arabic typography and graffiti, Bahia Shehab extends her visual poetics with a series of short videos inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Shehab revisits the sites of her previous graffiti projects, filming about the walls she painted in Beirut, New York, Marrakech and the Greek island of Cephalonia. The shift from graffiti to video marks a change in the artist’s work that reflects larger transformations in the relationship between artists and society in Egypt. Shehab’s quietly evocative video installation offers a view of the lingering aftermath of social upheavals. The artist describes her graffiti walls as “meeting points” that reflect the unity of humanity.
Featured image: Bahia Shehab, We Love Life (2019)
Image courtesy of the artist