MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks
February — March 2014
Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
Meeting Points 7 is a series of exhibitions taking place between September 2013 and June 2014 in Zagreb, Antwerp, Cairo, Hong Kong, Beirut, Vienna, and Moscow. Organized by the Young Arab Theatre Fund, Meeting Points is a biennial program of exhibitions, screenings, and performances held at several international venues over the course of several months.
This latest installment of the touring festival was organized around two themes: the unfinished social and political processes of the recent Arab uprisings and the current reconfiguration of capitalism throughout the world. As laid forth by the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), its title is borrowed from revolutionary philosopher Frantz Fanon’s book Wretched of the Earth (1961), which reflects on Algeria’s liberation from French colonial rule, while the program’s foray into interlaced subjects include: the role of middle classes today in revolts across different geographies, forms of neo-colonialism, counterrevolution and co-optation, as well as the various strategies employed for countering oppression.
The Cairo exhibition was curated by the What, How and For Whom (WHW) collective in collaboration with CIC and featured artists Iman Issa, Sanja Iveković, Maryam Jafri, Rajkamal Kahlon, Kayfa ta & Haytham El-Wardany, Jumana Manna, Cecilia Vicuña, Basma Al Sharif, and Rosalind Nashashibi.
In the video below, Young Arab Theatre Fund Director Tarek Abou El Fetouh provides a general overview of the Meeting Points festival while also discussing this year`s curatorial theme.
[This video is produced by Medrar TV and is featured in partnership with Jadaliyya Culture.]