Beyond Classification, featuring contemporary photography and video by women artists from Egypt, will conclude on September 24 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The show was curated by Dr. Nagla Samir of the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Greg Pond, professor of Art and Art History at the University of the South, and Professor Pond will present a curator’s talk on Thursday, September 24, at 6 p.m.
The nine young artists represented in Beyond Classification developed their work in the past few years, as the power of electronic and social media to generate political change became apparent with the revolution that unseated President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The photographic and video work of these artists embraces that power, even as it responds to the continued social and political upheaval faced by the country. Through multiple perspectives, the exhibition deliberately aims to counter any simplistic picture, and to provide points of view often lost in representations of Egyptian experience in popular media.