Eps51 ++ Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma are the founders and owners of the graphic design studio Eps51. The studio develops visual concepts in print, corporate and web design with a strong focus on typography and bilingual design – mostly for clients from the cultural field. They have lived and worked in Egypt, UK, and France and are currently based in Berlin.
As a result of numerous research and working visits to Cairo and the Arab World since 2004, Wittner and Thoma edited the book series Arabesque — Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia, Die Gestalten Verlag (2008 and 2011) and initiated the Right-To-Left project in Berlin, 2012. www.eps51.com
Talk: February 6 @ 7pm
Workshop: February 9-11 @ 6-8pm
Daniel Rode was born in Eutin, Germany in 1971. He first studied Art and Educational Sciences at Greifswald University where he afterwards worked as an assistant professor for five years. From 2002 until 2006 he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden graduating from the Master Class of Prof. Monika Brandmeier. Besides his own art practice he ran the independent art space MODUL in Dresden (www.modul-dresden.de). Since 2009 he has been living and working mainly in Cairo. www.danielrode.de
Talk: February 13 @ 7:30pm
Workshop February 16-18 @ 6-8pm
Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese cartoonist living in exile in Doha, Qatar. His stark, politically-charged images rose to prominence during the early stages of the Arab Spring protests. Posting his work in the public domain through social media, Albaih quickly became an artist of the revolution, his work being shared online across Arabia and around the world. His cartoons were made into stencils to be reproduced on walls in Beirut and Cairo, most notably an image of Hosni Mubarak with the word Egypt in juxtaposition. An added accent changed the Arabic script to mean “insistent.” This image was displayed prominently in Tahrir Square (below) during the height of the protests that eventually toppled the Mubarak regime. His work is currently used by revolutionary groups in his native Sudan, and by political activists in Yemen, Lebanon, Tunis, Syria, Algiers and beyond. Mr Albaih has been profiled by both the BBC and theNew York Times. He has also published his work in the Atlanticand Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Alongside worldwide attention and major publications, Albaih has staged major exhibitions of his work, most recently at the Edge of Arabia Studios in London and was guest lecture for class “Cartoons and Comics” via weblink last October 23 at Dalhousie University. Albaih currently works at Qatar Museum Authority as Head of Installation and Design Albaih .Khalid Albaih is a true new media artist, constantly publishing new works on his Facebook page Khartoon! (a play on Khartoom, the Sudanese capital) for all to consider, use, and share.
Talk: February 13 @ 7:30pm
Eva Frapiccini is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography and video installations. Her art revolves largely around language and its invisible ways of expression. Frapiccini’s practice is collaborative and constructs environments and orchestrates situations where people can actively participate and interact. Through the travelling project Dreams’ Time Capsule she is creating an audio archive of dreams, since 2011. This ongoing project has collected more than 700 testimonies from visitors who took part in different cities through the American, African, and European continents.
Frapiccini has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm, Sweden; the Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; the Martin Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin, Germany; the kim? Contemporary Art Space, in Riga, Latvia; the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt; the Nederlands FotoMuseum in Rotterdam, Holland; the Maison de la Photographie in Paris, France; and international festivals, including the Italian pavillion of the 12th International Exhibition of Architecture, Venice.
Frapiccini teaches at the European Institute of Design of Turin and the Fine Art Academy of Bologna, since 2011; she is a tutor at the Master of Studies on Art Images at the Fondazione Fotografia of Modena, Italy. www.evafrapiccini.com
Talk: February 20 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: February 23-25 @ 6-8pm
Ganzeer, a graphic designer since 2005, has been involved in contemporary art since 2007 with a variety of exhibitions between Cairo, Germany, Holland, Poland, Italy, Brazil, USA, Emirates, and Amman. He has become most known outside of the typical art sphere for his street-art and activism efforts throughout 2011. The London Guardian has described Ganzeer as a major player in an emerging “counter-culture art scene on the mainstream radar” and Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of 50 people shaping the culture of the Middle East today. Art In America Magazine has associated Ganzeer with today’s “New Realism,” a label attributed to an art-form responding to a host of global challenges. www.ganzeer.com
Talk: February 27 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: March 2-4 @ 6-8pm
Nile Sunset Annex, an evolving production and dispersion outfit for contemporary art, was founded by and is currently run by Taha Belal, Jenifer Evans, and Hady Aboukamar. It is an experimental art space that puts on monthly exhibitions of artists’ work in a spare room in a flat in Garden City, but also acts as a publishing house, Egypt’s first public contemporary art collection, an installation team, and an artist, author, or barmaid when necessary. www.nilesunsetannex.org
Taha Belal is a visual artist living and working in Cairo. He received his MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Hady Aboukamar is a visual artist from New Jersey. He lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. He makes screen prints and is now producing beats.
Jenifer Evans is an artist and writer who lives and works in Cairo. She makes art in various media including painting, sculpture, screen printing, video, text, and books. She is culture editor at Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr. She was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA), both in London.
Talk: February 27 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: coming soon
Rheim Alkadhi is an artist who works in multiple media. Recent projects include the commissioned digital work “Picture City Body” for the New Museum’s New Art Online program; the object-based exhibition “Here Is My Life Which I Devote to Learning About You” at Darat al Funun in Amman; and the social intervention “Collective Knotting Together of Hairs” in Palestine for the 2012 Jerusalem Show. She was born in New York in 1973, grew up in Baghdad until 1980, and lived in the United States for the many decades leading up to a practice based variously in the Arab Region. She currently lives in Beirut. www.picturesclerk.net
Talk: March 6 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: March 9-11 @ 6-8pm
Chris Lawrence is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work is located at an intersection of interests in sculpture, installation, architecture, drawing, design, fabrication and printmaking and often takes the form of built environments, utilizing a wide range of materials and methods of production. Narrative clues left throughout Lawrence’s installations suggest that they are some sort of cryptically functioning sites where ambiguous energies are exchanged and opaque logic prevails. Chance and intuition factor into this process, as much of the work takes place on-site, in response to a particular space.
Lawrence has an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited work in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Portland, OR and Melbourne, Australia. He was an artist resident with the Delphi Foundation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, AirSpace (Philadelphia) and Seventh Gallery (Melbourne, Australia). Chris continues to self-publish zines, prints and laser etched editions in conjunction with his installation-based projects. www.chrislawrenceprojects.com
Talk: March 13 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: March 16-18 @ 6-8pm
Caroline Palla (*1969 in Switzerland) graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2008 with Going Inside, an extensive photographic series showing the innards of people’s medicine chests. The images were pasted in neglected locations such as highway overpasses and facades of abandoned buildings until time and deterioration from the elements rendered them as mere fragments of their original form. With the following works 127 – Imagine a golden piggy bank with no one to spare a dime (2009-2011) and The Yen-Yen (2010-2012) she further developed her object-centered photography. 127 gathers a collection of items from “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” in the American South. The Yen-Yen juxtaposes 36 drum sets photographed just moments after the show. Palla is currently writing a feature-length screenplay for a film-within-a-film, this time focusing on the agency of objects when placed in the context of a film set and a given narrative. www.carolinepalla.com
Talk: March 20 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: March 23-25 @ 6-8pm
Rachel Gadsden is a multi-award winning artist with a BA and MA in fine art; she was artist for Hampton Court Palace 2008, and for UK Parliamentary Outreach’s 2010 General Election public engagement commission. Gadsden was awarded to major international Olympic and Paralympic London 2012 commissions, directing Unlimited Global Alchemy and Starting Line for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
In 2013 Gadsden represented the UK, creating “This Breathing World” for Qatar – UK Year of Culture 2013, for British Council and Qatari Government at katara Cultural Village, Doha. HRH Prince Charles formally opened the exhibition.
Gadsden is currently creating a digital artwork for the lighting of the Sochi, Russia 2014 Winter Paralympic Torch as part of the Paralympic Torch lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, UK, March 2014.
In March 2014 Gadsden will embark Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision, a multi cross-cultural Middle East – UK artistic commission and out reach program in collaboration with British Council, Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain, and the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
Gadsden was awarded the UK National Diversity Award 2013 – Positive role model for Disability. www.rachelgadsden.com
Talk: March 27 @ 7:30pm
Workshop: March 30 – April 1 @ 6-8pm