The Knowledge is an ongoing series of public programmes, which explores visual culture from the Middle East & North Africa, one city at a time. Taking its title from London's famous black cab drivers' training, previous ‘stops' of The Knowledge have included Damascus (2009) and Tehran (2010).
Stop 3 - Alexandria featured a dynamic programme of events, presenting emerging artistic networks, strategies and projects that explore the recent cultural and social trajectory of this Mediterranean city, steeped in history and shaped by current events.
Wael Shawky's Larvae Channel series
Solo exhibition by the highly acclaimed Alexandria-based artist
Private view: Tuesday 28th June, 18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition: 29th June - 23rd July 2011, Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Wael Shawky's The Larvae Channel series explores a variety of issues that are rooted in local concerns, yet have profound international relevance. For more information, please see the section below.
Microphone (116 min, 2010, Digibeta)
Film Screening + Discussion
Friday 8th July 2011, 20:00 - 22:30
Venue: ICA - Cinema 2 (free, booking required through venue)
Khaled returns from the US to his hometown of Alexandria but is unable to repair relationships with his old love and his father. Roaming the city, he stumbles across hip-hop artists, musicians and graffiti artists who open his eyes to the underground art scene and a new generation of culture. Q&A with director Ahmad Abdalla and convened by film curator James Neil, Parallax Media.
In collaboration with Mathaf and the ICA as part of Interference.
Mo Nabil - Artist Presentation
Mo Nabil, an emerging artist from Alexandria who was in residence at Delfina Foundation, presented his latest work.
This programme was presented as part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, a festival presented by the Mayor of London. Sponsored by HSBC. London's first ever celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world. Shubbak featured more than 70 events in over 30 key cultural venues across the capital, covering visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, lectures and discussion.