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Ian Alan Paul

The Revolutionary Practice of Endurance

[Sunset in the Black Cloud, Cairo, 2014 (Photo: Ian Paul)]

Cairo, Winter 2015 The feelings of claustrophobia, exhaustion, and asphyxia are familiar to all of those who inhabit Cairo's kinetic and crowded urban core. Everyone living between Tahrir and the plateaus of Muqattam breathes the same polluted air that chokes much of the city, saturated with particulates from leaded car exhaust, factory emissions, scorched crop leftovers, and burning garbage dumps. It is within these atmospheric conditions that people are born and live ...

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Ian Alan Paul


Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist currently living between San Francisco, Barcelona, and Cairo. He is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently part of the faculty at the American University in Cairo. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Jadaliyya, Art Info, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, and C Magazine, and has been exhibited in universities and galleries around the world. He can be found on twitter  @ianalanpaul