Second day of my arrival to NY was the first day of my program. Got to see Kate Gilmore’s public performance @ Bryant Park; the exhibition “Mapping New York’s Shoreline: 1609-2009 @ the NY Public Library; a talk at the Tenement Museum on “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt”. Of course, got to see other things on the way..
So, on my first hour in NY, after 27 hrs of travel and transit, I was very warmly greeted at Apexart by Steve Rand, Julia Knight, Cybele Maylone & Julian Gilbert-Davis. Steve gave me the overview of the Apexart residency program, and noted that some may find it crazy but that it has a logic that unravels with time ;-)
Julia then took me to the residency apt. and ran me through the ambitious daily program that apexart has designed for me. A program that will keep me running for the duration of my 1 month stay in NY. (See below)
Maha Maamoun lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Working mainly through the mediums of photography and video, Maamoun often starts from generic visual representations of Cairo to explore how these intersect with and are negotiated by personal experiences. Maamoun’s work has been shown in biennials and exhibitions including: Homeworks 5 – Beirut (2010), Past of the Coming Days - Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009); PhotoCairo 4 - CiC (2008); Global Cities - Tate Modern (2007), C on Cities – 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2006); Snap Judgments – ICP (2006); DAK’ART 6 (2004); 5th Biennale of African Photography – Bamako (2003). She was co-curator of PhotoCairo3 - an International Visual Arts festival in Cairo (2005) and assistant curator for Meeting Points 5 – an International Multidisciplinary Contemporary Arts Festival (2007). Maamoun is one of the founding members of CiC - The Contemporary Image Collective - a space for contemporary art and culture in Cairo.
Maha visited apexart from Cairo, Egypt, from May 11- June 9, 2010. She was recommended by Edit Molnar, the General Director of the Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo. Visit her Resident Page for more information.