Two projects which promote city occupation and the participation of local citizens in Egypt
MAHATAT COLLECTIVE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
The exclusivity of the art scene in Egypt marginalizes the majority of the population from being an art audience and centralization of the arts deprives amateurs and emerging artists outside the capital from exposure and skills development opportunities.
Our role is to take art beyond centralized channels and nurture creative expression and production of art as a visible and accessible part of our everyday life.
For many of the over 300 Port Said residents that attended, it was their first time to hear that Villa Fernand even existed. As a lead up to the event, the group from Port Said Ala Adeemo designed walking and bike tours around the city to take people around significant cultural and historical places including those that have been abandoned.
This event was developed to support in the creation of a Do-it-Yourself toolkit on how to revive abandoned spaces and redirect their use towards artistic learning and expression, developed by Shaimaa Atef.
The research has been supported by the European Cultural Foundation and was initiated during the 2015 Idea Camp.
"Daughter, do you know how much this is a relief? we are humans, we don't like the fact of having all this piles of garbage, but we have no other way to get rid of it. Now you are a proof that we can help to clean our own area, we had several experiments with government but it takes too much time. I think we can all start from here now and never wait for impossible to happen.
A lady in her 60's, Ezbet Khair Allah