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Egyptian artists explore Arab culture

Shubbak is London’s first ever celebration of modern culture from the Arab world. The month long series will feature more than 70 events in over 30 cultural venues across the capital.

Wael Shawky

As part of London’s Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture, artist Wael Shawky exhibits his Larvae Channel series that documents the feelings of frustration within various working-class communities in northern Egypt.

Although created before the Egyptian uprising, Shawky has captured the weight of environmental and religious issues and the dichotomies of social norms in his art and uses his series the Larvae Channel to ponder the problematic of marginalization, cultural hybridization, migration and modernization.

The program sponsored by the Delfina Foundations features a two-part Larvae Channel video series produced in a Souf refugee camp while Shawky worked on residence in Jordan.

The Larvae Channel animated documentary features interviews with Palestinian refugees and attempts to demonstrate the difficulties of living life day to day in the Darat al Funun camp.

The exhibition also features The Knowledge: Stop 3 – Alexandria — a group of exciting programs that presents emerging artistic networks and strategies from Alexandria.

“Taking its title from London’s famous black cab drivers’ training, The Knowledge is a journey through visual culture from the Middle East and North Africa, one city at a time,” said the Delfina Foundation.

“The program will explore the recent cultural and social trajectory of this Mediterranean city, steeped in history and shaped by current events.

Contributors to the exhibition include Bassam el-Baroni — curator and founder of the Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum — Celine Condorelli — artist and architect — and Mo Nabil — an emerging artist based in Alexandria.

The Larvae Channel and The Knowledge: Stop 3 – Alexandria will be shown and displayed from 29 June – 23 July at the Delfina Foundation, 29 Catherine Place, SW1E 6DY London.

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