In collaboration with the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and the Visual Cultures Program at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Sharjah Art Foundation will be organising an international conference entitled The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective, from November 26–28, 2015.
Focusing on the history and the evolution of the Egyptian Surrealist group and their relationship with their western and international counterparts, this project will document one of the most interesting chapters of modernism in the late 1930s up to the early 1960s, highlighting the multifaceted aspects of modernity and its global interconnectedness in the 20th century.
The conference will be followed by a travelling exhibition entitled When Arts Become Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938–1965) to be inaugurated at the Palace of Arts, Cairo in 2016 followed by an exhibition in at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea in 2017.
A two-volume publication will follow the conference with the first to accompany the exhibition and the second to serve as the catalogue of the proposed exhibition.
The Conference and Curatorial Team include:
Hoor Al Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE) Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University, USA) Bahia Shehab (American University in Cairo, Egypt) Ehab Ellabban (Ofok Gallery, Cairo, Egypt) Nagla Samir (American University in Cairo, Egypt) Lydie Diakhate (Paris, France)
This exhibition documents a pivotal chapter of modernism in Egypt that spans from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, and highlights the multifaceted aspects of modernity and its global interconnectedness in the 20th century.
This historic traveling exhibition explores the evolution and history of the Egyptian surrealists and their remarkable legacy, in both Egypt and international surrealist circles.