Le Caire mon amour #٥

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For its fifth edition, “Le Caire mon amour” comes back with an original proposal gathering foreign artists whose experiences of Cairo have strongly inspired their creation and egyptian artists who have lived for a time abroad.

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  • 9th-12th-16thMarch 2013

    Le Cairemon amour


  • For its fifth edition, Le Caire mon amour comes back with an original proposal gathering foreign artists whose experiences of Cairo have strongly inspired their creation and egyptian artists who have lived for a time abroad.

    Are egyptian artists influenced by occidental modernity ? Should we consider there is a contemporary occidental art and/or a contemporary oriental art ? What about the state of contemporary art in Cairo ? Does the diversity of nationali-ties bring a wide range of singular artists and works ?


    Ahmed Nosseir (EGY)

    Franois Perez (AUS/FRA)

    Arnaud du Boistesselin (FRA)

    Nermine El Ansari (EGY)

    Jacques Siron (CHE)

    Isabelle Klaus (CHE)

    Amanda Kerdahi M. (EGY/USA)

    Anne du Boistesselin (FRA)

    Louis Henderson (GBR)

  • Ahmed Nosseir

    Devant la profusion des peintures de Ahmed Nosseir, Isabelle et Anne ont fait le choix dencadrer les tableaux avec des baguettes dores. Elles ont ensuite ralis un accrochage extrmement dense de ses tableaux, en disposition dcale sur plusieurs rangs.

    Cette exposition de tableaux ainsi prsente est en rfrence au mode daccro-chage des oeuvres dartistes vivants au XIXe sicle.


    Oil on paper & canvas, golden frames.100 x 70 cm, 150 x 200 cm, 100 x 220 cm2002-2009

  • Franois Perez

    Stepmother city

    Installation, Mixed media (fabrics, feathers, guns, cardboard, paint, music). 2013.

    A city not a home anymore threat and regrets here or there steps going round and round to nowhere.

  • Arnaud du Boistesselin

    Tirages N/B partir de fichiers numriques, cadres en bois, 30 x 30 cm, 2013.

    Le titre de ces portraits dtrangers vivants au Caire, illustre la question mille fois pose par les Egyptiens quand on nest pas Egyptien.

  • Nermine El Ansari


    Painting 2010-2011120cm x 500cm. Triptych, mixed media and collage on wood


    Drawing 201123cm x 31cm, watercolor on arches paper.

    The external and interior heart anatomy from different perspective.

    For the collage I used personal drawings, lithography, silkscreen and photo-graphy done between 2002 and 2010.


    Drawing 201121cm x 29.5cm, ink on craft paper.

    The Mediterraneans sea is identi-fied as a completely separate body of water. The characteristic of the gothic architecture, the ogival curves or the flying buttress is the graphic of the waves reading as a gothic fiction.

  • Nermine El Ansari


    Silver-prints 2006-200730cm x 40cm

    - Double exposure : the portrait of a Taiwanese girl on the background of a Kenyan landscape (Amboseli).

    - Double exposure : two similar Kenyan landscapes (Amboseli) with red text : Africa .

    - Double exposure : portrait of a Masai woman on the background of a Taiwanese landscape (Shi ti ping).

    - Double exposure : the profile of the Masai woman floating on an out of focus Kenyan landscape (Masai Mara).

    - Out of focus Kenyan landscape (Masai Mara).

  • Jacques Siron

    Les Mille et Un Caire - Thousand and One Cairo

    Film de 83 minutes

    Une vocation potique et musicale de la capitale gyptienne.

    Une histoire de fascination mlange dattirance et de rpulsion pour la plus grande ville dAfrique, mgalopole bruyante, puante, pollue, surpeuple, touffante, envahissante.

    Une dambulation dans les rues du Caire, en compagnie de la musique du trio Afrogarage et de la camra magique de Pio Corradi. La main y est partout luvre, elle fabrique, bricole, rpare. On vend, on bonimente, on va la mosque, on ruse pour traverser les flots de voitures qui envahissent les rues. Les scnes cocasses se succdent dans le plus grand naturel. On a toujours le temps pour boire le th, fumer une chicha et refaire le monde. On sait goter du temps, on sait partager un unique art de vivre.

  • Isabelle Klaus


    Collage, 2012-2013.Quotidien romand du 12 dcembre 2012, photo-graphie numrique couleur dcoupe, scotch, cadre. 50,5cm x 37cm.

    Opium est inspir dune menace de mise en demeure de lappartement du 7 rue Champollion, lieu dexprimentation et dexposition Le Caire mon amour .

    Opium reprend lesthtique dun dispositif administartif. Une photographie reprsentant un immeuble et son panneau publicitaire en friche est place sur la page conomie dun journal quotiden Romand.

    Lapplique tableau qui claire cette pice est historiquement destine aux peintures lhuile.

  • Amanda Kerdahi M.

    Liquid Smoke

    Vido projection

    Liquid Smoke (Yishrib) explores contradictions of pleasure/pain, necessity/desire, repulsion/compulsion. In Egyptian colloquial, yishrib means to drink or to smoke . It explores the connec-tion between water and smoke.

  • Anne du Boistesselin

    Laban El Asfur

    29 cages, 1 oiseau en plastique.

    Des cages doiseaux sont installes dans un passage sombre qui mne une porte dfinitivement ferme. Contre la vitre barreaux du haut de la porte, un oiseau en plastique bat des ailes.

    Plus la batterie se dcharge, plus les ailes de loiseau battent faiblement. Loiseau est puis par le vain combat.

  • Louis Henderson

    Logical Revolts

    Documentary fiction, 45, HD, 16:9, Dolby 5.1, 2012

    Trying to think the revolution is like waking up and trying to see the logic in a dream.

    A film in search of the traces of Egyptian civilian resistance against colonial and military oppression, from 1952 - 2012, filmed on location in Cairo, Port Said and the Sinai desert. A script is discovered in a museum archive, for a controversial film made by the United Nations about the Suez crisis of 1956, which was banned and never screened. Intrigued by a possible connection to the present situation, the filmmaker travels to Egypt to uncover some truths about this document, and in the process reflects on the current revolution and the historical events that led up to it.

  • Amanda Kerdahi M.


    Cigarette butts, thread, fabric, 2013

    Kerdahis collection of objects focuses on the non-monu-mental objects which are inconspicuous but fundamental to her locus and context. They are otherwise forgettable, but in assembling them together, the works pronounce each objects authority. In her most recent installation work, Yishrib (2013), she uses thousands of cigarette butts to construct an oversized DNA strand. Kerdahi airs cigarettes, worthy of recognition as symbols and subjects, through internal ruminations, sociopolitical observation, and historical reference.

  • Isabelle Klaus


    Ceramicobject. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. 2013. Cramique, acrylique. 22 x 8 x 9 cm (x 2)

    Cinderella revisite le conte Cendrillon .

    Lesthtique grossire de la cramique peinte rompt le charme de la frie que le conte vhicule. Laspect kitch et vulgaire est mis en vidence.

    Sa prsentation mme le sol est thtra-lise par un clairage en douche.

    Reproduction en cramique dune paire de mules lchelle 1/1.

  • Shop Le Shop

    Vente de crations et ditions dartistes

    Isabelle Klaus

    - Fatiha, cartes postales. 2012

    - Paraboles, dition DVD, 2012

    Jacqueline Benz

    - Etat de sige, dition de 6 cartes postales, 2012

    - Yalla/fen, Ed. art&fiction, Lausanne, 2012

    - Tout est possible / everythings possible, cartes postales, 2008

    - Avec lui, devant elle, contre eux, sans elles, chez eux, pour vous, dition de 12 cartes postales, 2008.

    Franois Perez

    - Le Caire a Paris, tirages numriques sous plexi. 13 x 18 cm et 13 x 9 cm, 2012

  • BioAhmed Nosseir (EGY)

    Ahmed Nosseir 1957* lives & works in Cairo. 1985 graduated from faculty of fin arts, Cairo 1988-1990 attended Paris Higher School for Arts


    1987 gallery Mashrabia, Cairo1988 gallery Mashrabia, Cairo1990 Zad el rimal, Cairo1991 A.T.C gallery, Buenos Aires1992 Skoto gallery, N.Y1993 Skoto gallery, N.Y1994 Bronx River Art center&gallery, N.Y1996 Skoto gallery, N.Y1996 L .Kahan gallery, N.Y1997 University of Ohio Contemporary African art : causes & effects 1998 Skoto gallery, N.Y2000 The Town House gallery, Cairo2001 Espace Karim Francis, Cairo2001 La Bodega, Cairo2002 Art center, Cairo2002 Seattle gallery, Cairo2005 gallery Mashrabia, Cairo2006 Zamalik art gallery, Cairo2007 Occidentalism Exhibition, Cairo2008 La Bodega, Cairo2010 Delegation of the European Union. & many others group shows

    Franois Perez (AUS-FRA)


    French nationality, born in Germany, lived extensively in Algeria, France, England, Australia, Japan, India, Thailand, Egypt.

    The work as well as being inspired by the place I live in, is also to a great extend condi- tionned by my environement, the availbility of space, materials and personal finances. Instead of considering those elements as restricting, I see them as part of the work process and often the limitations become the inspiration. I am happy to work with different media, and explore new ideas and ways to express myself in the new context. I particuarly favour inte- ractive installations, where I set the frame work of the exhibition but the whole concept is realised with the participation of the viewers. I also found that people were keen to

    express themselves if given a space to do so.

    Arnaud du Boistesselin (FRA)


    Photographe, portraits, architecture et interiors.


    Le Caire 2003 : portraitsExposition lInstitut du monde arabe,

    Paris du 4 au 30 octobre 2011

    Halls et escaliers tunisoisGalerie Colbert, Paris, du 18 mai au 31 aot 2011


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