Something stolen, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue
In collaboration with Mirjam Linschooten
Installation and book
A project based on the 54 items that were stolen or damaged from the Egyptian Museum during the revolution of 2011. By asking residents of greater Cairo: “What object from your home would you like to see displayed in the Egyptian Museum?”, 54 new objects were proposed to replace the 54 which had been looted. The result was an installation in the Ard El Lewa neighborhood of Cairo and series of photographs and stories compiled in a bookwork. To borrow from theorist Ariella Azoulay, our response was to build a “potential history” inviting residents to develop a new archive, extracting themselves from the official record and imagining a different future. By re-proposing a material record of the present, our archive became a community-based process of participation and knowledge production.
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