The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona

'The Art of Getting Lost' is a collaboration between Gudran for Arts and Development in Alexandria and CeRCCa in Barcelona and is suported by Tandem Shaml.

"In the aftermath of branded cities, our societies are left with a territory in constant digestion and reconstruction. Our bodies carry the contradictions embedded in the urbanscapes in which we live. The Art of Getting Lost reflects upon the experiences of the city from both a historical and a contemporary perspective, taking Alexandria and Barcelona as research sites. Through artistic, research and curatorial practices, the project engaged a debate in which dominant narratives of the urbanscape could be challenged, by mining the potential of disorientation, and practising the art of getting lost.

The project took the form of a collaboration between CeRCCa (Barcelona) and Gudran (Alexandria). It proposed an interdisciplinary research-based approach, to challenge the mainstream narratives of both cities through the development of alternative histories and stories. In Alexandria, the collaboration developed through research, residencies, seminars and exhibitions, organized as part of the Nassim el Raqs Festival, and in Barcelona, it took the shape of critical dérives and film screenings. These activities culminated in Detours, the project’s final publication, which contained commissioned texts as well as documentation of the artistic projects created through The Art of Getting Lost."

First Stage: ALEXANDRIA


The first stage of The Art of Getting Lost was an art residency in Alexandria. From April 15 to May 30 2017, Ro Caminal, Marta Vallejo and Pau Catà resided in Alexandria, invited by the Nassim el Raqs Festival curatorial team. In tandem with the residency, Ali al-Adawy, film curator, editor and writer whose work centres on a critique of the moving image and urban, artistic and cultural practices coordinated the workshop Getting Lost in the City. The workshop brought together nine participants from Alexandria and Cairo to work on the idea of the flâneur, as described by Walter Benjamin. After the first session, in which Benjamin’s proposals were discussed, the workshop developed in individual détours and documentation through and on Alexandria. During the final exhibition, the outcome of these detours was presented to the public together with the works created by Ro Caminal, Marta Vallejo and Pau Catà.

The exhibition took place at Wekalet Behna, an art space in Alexandria that offers a platform for film screenings, visual media, and visual arts events to build various interactive, participatory audiences. Wekalet Behna space is a partnership between Gudran and the Behna Film Selections company.

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These public presentation was acompained by the outcome of Ro Caminal, Marta Vallejo and Pau Cata residency.

RO CAMINAL

Ro Caminal exhibited Oblivion/Nasyan, an installation that looked to evidence how the hegemonic narrative of mid-century cosmopolitan Alexandria still works as a veil, hiding other coexisting realities of the city.

MARTA VALLEJO

Marta Vallejo presented an alternative mapping of Alexandria, which was based on emotional landscapes constructed through the collection of intimate uses of space. This cartography operated both as an emotional map to get lost in the city, and as a ritual to survive the urban experience.

PAU CATÀ

Taking as a starting point the idea of the impossibility of knowing, Pau Catà proposed Nostalgia, a collage of experiences of Alexandria conveyed through video, photography and sound installation, which intended to reflect upon and challenge mainstream ideas of nostalgia and memory.

Second Stage: BARCELONA

CONTEMPORARY CINEMA FROM EGYPT

Counter / hegemonic visualities from Alexandria, about Alexandria
22, 23, 24 June 2017


The second stage of The Art of Getting Lost took place in Barcelona, between June 15 and 30. It was organized around Contemporary Cinema from Egypt: Counter / hegemonic visualities from Alexandria, about Alexandria, a series of film screenings from Alexandria, made by Alexandrians, curated by Ali Al Adawy in collaboration with the Egyptian writer Ahmed El Serougui.

First Screening

22/06/2017 from 21h
JIWAR Carrer Asturies, 36 Principal

Sicotin 10.5g - Mohamed Salah, 2005, 23"

Public Domain - Islam Kamal, 2009, 10"

WATCH

17 fouad st. - Ahmed Nabil (2014) 32"

WATCH THE TEASER
Second Screening

25/06/2017 from 21h
Carrer d'en Robador, 18 4t 2a

Bahari - Ahmed Ghoniemy (2011) 12"

WATCH

Aida - Maysoon Elmasry (2015) 20"

TRAILER

The Visit - Marwan Omara and Nadia Mounier (2015) 43"

EXTRACT
Third Screening

27/06/2017 from 21h
La Escocesa, Carrer Pere IV, 345

Alexandria ... why? - Youssef Chahine (1979) 133"

Third Stage: PUBLICATION & POSTER


The third stage of The Art of Getting Lost was the publication of Detours, a collection of visual and written materials reflecting a variety of interdisciplinary methodologies for experiencing being lost in the city as a way of building alternative and critical knowledge. The publication, designed by Balbina Sardà and Omar Abdel, includes documentation of the several activities developed through the project, as well as commissioned texts by Marta Vallejo, Ro Caminal, Ahmed El Serougoui, Haytham El Shater, Ali Hussein Al Adawy and Pau Catà.

‘The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ is part of Tandem Shaml , an exchange program between curators and art managers from the Arab World and Europe. The project develops through a research process, an artist in residency program with Ro Caminal, Marta Vallejo and Pau Cata in the framework of Nassim el Raqs Festival in Alexandria, a theoretical and practical Seminar with alexandrian artists and researchers and a series of film screenings in Barcelona curated by Ali Hussein Al-Adawy and a final publication.

DETOURS - digital publication Poster

The Art of Getting Lost was funded by Tandem Shaml – Cultural Managers Exchange Europe – Arab Region Program, an initiative developed by the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst in collaboration with Culture Resource and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stichting DOEN and Mimeta.

'Tandem Shaml supports experimental and lasting collaborations between change makers from the Arab region and Europe. For one year cultural actors work in tandems and as a group: being part of a larger network and sharing good practice. Joint projects confront global challenges like migration and support local community development by linking local people, places, art forms and ideas.'

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