Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh
Foundation for Art & Culture
Over the course of the workshop, we use performance, writing and drawing to explore how our bodies occupy and move through space. Informed by excerpts from Sara Ahmed’s seminal book, “Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others,” we think about the relationship between the body and its dwelling places. We reflect on the notion of orientation, which Ahmed describes as the question of “how we come to find our way in a world that acquires new shapes, depending on which way we turn.” Orientation, she suggests, is about feeling at home.
In the transgressive spirit of “Playing Innocent,” the current exhibition at MMAG, we explore notions of disorientation, strangeness, and losing our way. Exploring both micro-movements and counter-cartographies, we consider the body as a map, the body as a map-making device, and the body as a tool to defy existing maps. While it still traverses written and visual art forms, this workshop focuses more intently on performance. In addition to daily activities, we work collectively towards a final public performance.
Sara Ahmed Orientations
is a freelance journalist and writer, born and raised in Cairo.
After completing a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (2013) at the American University in Cairo’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, she relocated to New York, where she pursued a Master of Arts in Journalism (2015) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Also in New York, she was associate editor on The Huffington Post’s international team. Before then, she was reporting in Cairo — primarily on arts and culture — for local and international publications. Alongside her work in journalism, Elkamel has been pursuing her passion for poetry and creative writing; she has participated in various fiction and poetry workshops in Cairo and New York. Her writing has appeared in Ahram Online, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, GlobalPost, Guernica, Riwayya, and elsewhere.
November - December 2018