Date: From 23/03 to 12/04
Time: Weekdays from 5 – 9 PM and Weekends from 3 – 9 PM
Locations: Kodak Passageway, 29 Hoda Shaarawi – First Floor & Windsor Hotel
CAMOCA (Cairo Museum of Contemporary Art) is a transnational curatorial project that reflects on the history of contemporary art in Cairo. CAMOCA adopts specific artistic strategies that have been inspired by projects and exhibitions by artists, pedagogues, film makers, curators, academics and thinkers who have worked in the region over the past years, including Adelita Husni-Bey, Manuel Pelmus, Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, Reem Fadda, Clare Davies and Anton Vidokle. In their transdisciplinary work these artists and thinkers challenge exhibition formats, categories and protocols of museums.
CAMOCA poses questions about an imaginary contemporary art museum in Cairo – what would it host, where would it be, who would visit it? It proposes to discuss the renewed interest in museums with artists and curators who are engaged in building museums through art projects, exhibitions and books, across cultures, disciplines and media, considering that the act of building museums is also a critical, performative act. What defines the museum of the future? Who are the agents in the construction of an institution? Is it possible to build an institution while producing art? In times in which artists construct temporary spaces for the creation and sharing of new forms of knowledge, museums collaborate with artists on institution-critical shows, and curators act as mediators, it seems possible to renegotiate the relation between artists, art collectives, curators and institutions.
CAMOCA suggests to look at different places and cities in order to raise constructive questions about how contemporary art has been produced, put on display, collected and preserved. At the same time, it enacts a potential museum of contemporary art for Cairo – with an exhibition area, an emerging critics’ platform and a programme of evening lectures, discussions, film screenings and artists’ talks.
Berit Schuck holds a Magister Artium in Comparative Literature, French Literature and Linguistics, and Theatre Studies from Berlin Free University, and has worked as an independent curator in the eld of performing arts and visual arts. Schuck was the artistic director of the festival “Heimspiel 2011” in Cologne (2010-2012) and the co-curator and curator of the “Alexandria Streets Project” in Cairo and Alexandria (2012), the audio installation “Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing” at the Beirut Art Centre (2013) the official parallel project “Trading Urban Stories” at the Marrakech Biennale 5 (2014), the outdoors exhibition “Dream Cities, or: The Waste Land” at Radialsystem in Berlin (2014) as well as the performative exhibition “Trading Zones” at Le 18 and Dar Al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech (2015).
Schuck currently works as Programme Director of MASS Alexandria, an Alexandria based studio and study program in contemporary art. Between 2011- 2015, she was a curator-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, the French Institute of Marrakech, and the Goethe-Institute Taipei. Further curatorial projects were developed with the Goethe-Institute Alexandria (2010, 2012) and the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Berlin (2010-2012). Schuck has lectured on the history of contemporary art in Stockholm, Beirut, Vienna, Archangelsk, Moscow and Berlin. She is also a writer and published texts in exhibition catalogues as well as in print and radio magazines with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Theater der Zeit, Theater heute, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Cairobserver and Brownbook Magazine (forthcoming). Her current interest lies particularly with contemporary collecting practices and the museum of the future. She has done extensive research with artists and curators in Lebanon (2013), Morocco (2013-2016), and most recently Egypt and Palestine.