CAMOCA Cairo Museum of Contemporary Art

Mother, Loosen My Tongue or Adorn Me With a Lighter Burden

Kodak Passageway, 20 ADLY Street, Downtown Cairo

On the other side of Downtown, an apartment on Hoda Shaarawi Street is used by the artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler to develop a new presentation of their practice. Taking a step further to experiment with their ongoing exploration of positions that concentrate on women, bodies and sites of resistance, their exhibition Mother, loosen my tongue or adorn me with a lighter burden brings forth a con uence of occult and radical politics. It includes large scale collages drawn from their research in radical and psychic archives, alongside a recent video piece Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us, where a protester-in-training uses movement to exorcise an internalized authoritative (Thatcher’s) voice, retraining the body to resist capitalism. The exhibition also features a series of live events between between the 28th of March and the 7th of April, which connect these works with the artists’ current research that started with an ‘accident’ in Turkey. The live events include private and public conversation with co- investigators which aim at assembling new material from their angles of Astrology, Radical Politics, Cartomancy among others. As a ‘crime scene’ the apartment will cultivate a setting for elaboration and a zone for unleashing the potential of collectively thinking out loud and provocation around the possibility of evoking a new stance.

Artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler explore contradictions of inequality, power, privilege and (non) participation in a practice that spans over 20 years and until recently took the form of a ctional institution: ‘The Museum of Non-Participation’ (2008-2016). Their collaboration includes moving image, performance, installation, workshops, sound, text and performed actions. Di erentiating between work made ‘in’ struggle and work made about struggle they take up an expanded notion of how to think politics with and through the body. Mirza and Butler work in an international context and are interested in expanded notions of art that turn to such areas as women’s bodies as sites of resistance, the deep state, unreliable narration and the ectoplasm of neoliberalism.


Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler

In 2014 Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler were nominated for Artes Mundi 6, a prize dedicated to visual arts engaging with the human condition and were awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists 2015. They recently exhibited at the Sydney Biennale “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed”.
Mirza and Butler live and work in Istanbul and London.

Next to Mirza’s and Butler’s space, a small apartment hosts Saout & Sura, an emerging critics platform that invites independent writers to collaboratively respond to the practices and exhibition formats that shape the eld of contemporary art today through the creation and sharing of new publications about art in North Africa and the Middle East. Initiated by Lina Attalah and Berit Schuck, Saout & Sura aims at building a collection of texts, sounds and images on the recent history of art in the region – open to the public, free of charge and accessible from the webpages of its partners. More than a writing and publishing platform, it also instigates critical thinking and dialogue with various audiences via residencies, research and educational programmes. Saout & Sura currently has three writers in residence, and collaborates with Mada Masr.

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Special EVENTS

24 March, 2017 - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Kodak Passageway

Rethinking Museums and Collections: Reflections on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Lecture by Reem Fadda, followed by a discussion, moderated by Berit Schuck Arabic and English with simultaneous English translation

25 March 2017, 5 pm at Kodak Passageway

Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist Talk by Manuel Pelmuş

29 March 2017, 7:00 PM, Windsor Hotel

Dreams and Music

Book launch event with Hassan Khan, Beth Stryker, Kaya Behkalam, Nile Sunset Annex and other guests

30 March 2017, 7:00 PM till Late, The Apartment

Séance in Real Fiction

Dinner and Talk with Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler.
The number of participants is limited due to the form of this event.

English with Arabic translation

2 April 2017, 7:00 PM, The Apartment

Mother, Loosen My Tongue

Artist talk by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler

4 April 2017, 7:00 PM, Kodak Passageway

Collecting Practices

Lecture by Clare Davies, with a response by Mohamed Elshahed English with Arabic translation

5 & 7 April 2017, 7:00 PM, Kodak Passageway

Immortality and Resurrection for All! (Russsian with English & Arabic subtitles)

A screening of one of the films in the cosmism trilogy by Anton Vidokle Followed by a discussion, moderated by Maxa Zoller
English with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is Egypt’s only international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival* that takes place over three weeks in March-April each year, at multiple sites in Downtown Cairo.

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