Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk: Out in the Streets
Chamber piece on Cairo rooftops
The key element in the work presented by the two young Egyptian artists and film-makers consists in the first instance of their film Out in the Streets. The subject is a workshop, a kind of chamber piece that Rizk and Metwaly staged in an improvised studio on a roof terrace in Cairo together with amateur actors, workers, and day labourers from one of Cairo's working-class areas. The paradigmatic story that it tells deals with the privatization and subsequent liquidation of a state-owned enterprise. At the same time their play reports on people's experience of everyday humiliation at the hands of the state authorities.
This film, which runs for over sixty minutes and is complemented by a number of documents, is to be seen in the form of an installation: the film projection is accompanied by certain elements from the improvised workshop situation on the roof. Some of the flooring tiles from the roof, where the original workshop took place, will travel with the exhibition and will puncture the filmic account, creating an opening onto the reality of the on-site exhibition space.
Jasmina Metwaly, born 1982 lives and works in Cairo. She studied painting at the University of Arts in Poznań. She is co-founder of the Mosireen media collective, which was formed during the 2011 revolution in Egypt in order to establish a platform for citizen journalism and an archive of the revolution. Metwaly's works have been shown at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her contributions to Mosireen took her to the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012 and were included in the exhibition Cairo. Open City. New Testimonies of an Ongoing Revolution in Braunschweig, Essen, and Hamburg (2012/13). She has also had individual works shown in galleries and art spaces in Cairo, Ramallah, London, and Wrocław. Since 2010, she has collaborated on a regular basis with Philip Rizk. Their joint work is concerned with new ways for people to participate as subjects of their (hi)stories and with new forms of filmic and political representation.
Philip Rizk, born 1982, is a filmmaker and writer based in Cairo. He studied Philosophy and Anthropology and has been working with video since 2009. His first film was the short documentary This Palestinian Life (2009). In 2010, Rizk completed the short film series Sturm, a two-channel articulation that explores rural and industrial ruin in Egypt. Together with Jasmina Metwaly, he formed the video collective ‘intifadat intifadat’ in 2011, producing the series of videos Remarking January 25. Since 2011, Rizk has been a member of the Mosireen media collective. His texts have appeared in various readers, the Journal of Human Geography, and on the websites jadaliyya.com and roarmag.org. His film work was shown as part of the exhibition Cairo. Open City. New Testimonies of an Ongoing Revolutionin Braunschweig, Essen, and Hamburg, as well as at various film festivals in Europe and the Middle East, including the Berlinale. Since 2010, he has regularly worked on projects with Jasmina Metwaly.