Open Studio | On Coincidence, Old Age and Depression

Open Studio | On Coincidence, Old Age and Depression

We are pleased to invite you to an open studio featuring visual artist and translator Rawia Sadek. Rawia’s work in progress is an artistic and historical research project on the life of poet and activist Doria Shafik, one of the foremost leaders of the women’s liberation movement in Egypt in the mid-1940s.

For over a year, Rawia Sadek has been developing a chronological timeline that consists of archival material, texts, press clips and narratives about Doria Shafik’s most important life stages. She looks at the intentional and sometimes unintentional intersections of Shafik’s history with Rawia’s personal life and artistic practice.

The studio will be accompanied by a discussion, moderated by researcher Farida Makar and held in Arabic, about the historical and social aspects of the project. Join us next Saturday the 17th of March, 7pm at Townhouse Library.

The open studio sessions are a series of informal visual presentations that take place at the Townhouse library. The sessions aim at providing a space for local and visiting artists to discuss their research process and showcase their work to the public.

Rawia Sadek is a visual artist and translator. She held, since 1989, twelve solo exhibitions, and had participated in several local and international workshops and group exhibitions.

Farida Makar started teaching at the History Department at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2015. She also worked as a consultant for the Law and Society Research Unit at AUC, focusing primarily on the relationship between law, knowledge production, culture and education.