We are pleased to invite you to an interactive discussion between the artist Ash Moniz and writer/critic Ismail El-Bahar with input and participation from the audience. The event will take place next Saturday the 14th of October, 7pm at the Townhouse Factory.
Ash Moniz’ s current solo show “In the Anticipation of a Future Need to know” – currently on view at Townhouse – is a performative research project that addresses the transformation of paper products into official state documents and physical records. In excavating the layers of meaning behind these records, this work exposes the way human conduct – movement, speech, and action – is inscribed within the machinery of bureaucratic systems.
Please note that the talk will be held in English.
Ash Moniz is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in Cairo, and working primarily between the realms of performance, video, and installation. Moniz holds a BFA from OCAD University (Toronto, 2014) and had participated in the Mass Alexandria Independent Studio Program in (Alexandria, 2016). Most of his recent projects, work with the role of the nation-state within the politics of transportation logistics and citizenship. He was the assistant curator of the AMNUA Museum in Nanjing in 2013/14, and the director of the Boxes| Zones Quarters mobile residency/exhibition in Casablanca in 2014. Moniz has shown with galleries and museums internationally, such as Sishang Museum (Beijing), Minsheng Museum (Shanghai), Birch Contemporary (Toronto), Le Cube (Rabat), Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto).
Ismail Fayed is an independent writer and researcher based in Cairo he has been writing and researching contemporary artistic and cultural practices of the Middle East since 2007. He has contributed to local and international publications, including MoMA’s upcoming volume on Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents. His writings appeared in Muftah, Mada Masr, Nafas Art Magazine, ArteEast, Aperture and many others.