'The Family Dinner' and 'What is this thing called an archive, really?' opened on Nov. 2nd as part of Something Else Off Biennale, Cairo
On November 2nd, Darb1718 for Arts and Culture in Cairo, Egypt, opened its biennal Something Else Off Biennal - which will run until December 15th, in multiple galleries and spaces throughout the city. This years theme is "What if it did not happen!", focusing on rewriting history, and is led by head curator Simon Njami. Hanna Wildow's The Family Dinner was exhibited as an analogue installation of its digital archive, together with the installation and the performance both titled What is this thing called an archive, really?. The performance was performed together with artist Alva Willemark, who is also exhibited as part of the biennal.
The archive was installed as a wallpaper, unfolding over the floor as a carpet, and together with the curtain What is this thing called an archive, really?, the installation plays with references of domestic objects.
The biennale was a truly magical event, and an important reminder of art as a possibility to simply bring people together in a world that is desperately trying to keep us apart; of making, connecting, and being together. If in Cairo, do make sure to visit one or all of the spaces in the biennale before December 15th.
Photos by Hanna Wildow, Erik Malmsten and Injy Tamer.
With support by Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.