Maria Neubert /Anna-Theresa Bachmann

Maria Neubert /Anna-Theresa Bachmann Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

Women in Cairo's Public Spaces

Diskussionspapiere - Volkswirtschaft des Vorderen Orients

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Langue: anglais
1. Edition ()
geheftet, 44 pages
ISBN 9783879977291

With a Photo Docu­men­ta­tion by Sarah Seliman

Cairo, Egypt’s vibrant capital on the Nile River, has witnessed turbu­lent times over the past decade. When the mobi­liza­tion of civil society led to the topp­ling of the Mubarak regime in 2011, it seemed that each and every grain of sand the ancient city was built on had shaken. In spatial terms, the core of this move­ment mani­fested itself in Tahrir Square, gaining meaning through the power of the people gathe­ring at this very sight. Soon however, it became clear that the long-dug tren­ches sepa­ra­ting civil society along economic, political, and reli­gious lines could not be back­filled with the red-white-black flags. Instead, the city remained a stage of conte­sta­tion where diffe­rent lines of protes­ters, acti­vists and every-day citi­zens, along with the reco­ve­ring govern­ment forces voiced their visions for Cairo’s (and Egypt’s) future by diffe­rent means of force, art, and absten­tion. The parti­ci­pa­tion of women throug­hout this political and societal resha­ping came as a surprise to few, while being a matter of course for others, and consti­tu­ting an unwanted presence for some.
While the more drastic events fill pages in news­pa­pers, academic jour­nals and history books, the ever­yday nego­tia­tions in the after­math oftentimes remain unnoticed. This publi­ca­tion docu­ments a small project that started off with two work­shops in 2015 and later turned into an art instal­la­tion. At the same time, the publi­ca­tion seeks to embed ever­yday conte­sta­tions into an academic frame­work. Espe­cially now that the glory of 2011 is fading and called into ques­tion. Various segments of civil society are frozen, and many every-day citi­zens are burdened with even more economic hardships. Stories of daily struggle in general, and of women in Cairo’s public spaces in parti­cular, bear witness to this suffe­ring, strength, and crea­ti­vity – all at the same time.