Egyptian artist Jasmina Metwaly holds solo exhibition in Berlin
By: Nizar Ahmed
Sat, Feb. 17, 2018
CAIRO – 16 February 2018: Egyptian artist Jasmina Metwaly is hosting a solo exhibition titled 'We Are Not Worried In The Least', which runs from February 13 until February 25, 2018 at 'SAVVY Contemporary art space' in Berlin.
Born to an Egyptian father and Polish mother, Metwaly is a filmmaker and contemporary artist based in both Cairo and Berlin, and is a member of the Mosireen video collective. Her works aim at generation tension between the audience and participants and her experience lies in the field of performance art, film and theatre. Her current solo exhibition, 'We Are Not Worried In The Least', explores the unique environment of social and political tension in Egypt following the 2011 revolution.
The exhibition's official statement reads: "The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to the current permanent state of paranoia in the country, a political limbo that can only be described as a state of mundane and monotonous violence. Waiting in police stations or in courtrooms, on the phone for news from loved ones, the struggle has dramatically changed the lives of those involved."
Metwaly explores the existential boredom that has risen from the wake of great social transformation, and even posits that this boredom serves as means of keeping things together; boredom is all that is left in the wake of great change. The exhibition compiles work from Metwaly since 2011, directly in the wake of the Egyptian revolutions. It utilizes video footage, pictures and film in the form of a documentary video installation to create a unique performance and experience.
Metwaly's focus is on the nature of stories, and how they give rise to other stories. Her work has been exhibited at various local and international art venues and festivals, such as Cairo's Townhouse Gallery, the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Berlinale Forum Expanded and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery. She has also worked alongside filmmaker Philip Rizk since 2010, producing various projects together. 'We Are Not Worried In The Least' accompanies the 13th Fourm Expanded at the 68th Berlinale. The exhibition will open again between March 1 and March 11.