Imaging a Revolutionary Community – Screening and open discussion on cultures of filmmaking and display, coming out of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
The hyper-mediatised occupation of Tahrir Square is much discussed and the visual culture of it well understood. However, three years on, the aspirations of the revolution are seemingly abandoned, and the revolutionary public that filled the square has retreated from visibility. In this context how is it possible to maintain an empathetic relationship to that recent history? And how can we see it afresh?
‘Imagining a Revolutionary Community’ is a screening and informal discussion that will focus on pulling apart the strategies of representation that have produced our understanding of the revolution and those who took part. The event will include work by Maha Maamoun, the Mosireen collective, examples of citizen journalism and presentations from writers and curators who have been involved in exhibiting the 2011 revolution.
Today, in light of the political situation in Egypt, it is not easy to talk about self-organisation and street-politics, but it is in this moment that it is important to build cultural histories around the revolution in order to legitimise past action and support future protest. ‘Imaging a Revolutionary Public’ poses two questions. Firstly, how have the frames through which the revolution was received condition our reception of the revolutionary subject, the event and it’s temporalities? Secondly what strategies of representation will allow us to see these things differently?
The Mosireen is a non-profit media collective which has captured a multitude of insights into the political atmosphere in Egypt with their avidly followed video blog. They embrace citizen journalism through providing tools and workshops to as many people as possible in order to facilitate a wide range of alternative perspectives. This event addresses their film making but places an emphasis on their Tahrir Cinema initiative.
Maha Maamoun is a video artist and photographer. Her work revolves around the intersections of personal and broader-scale representations of Cairo. She is one of the founding members of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC).
This event runs as part of the Screen Shadows programme for Cinema6: The Watching community.
Advanced tickets will be available through the website. A limited number will be available on the door.