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Art D'Egypte's 'Technocrats' Exhibit Reinvents Artists as Powerful Tyrants

The exhibit is a miniature recreation of a technocratic system, wherein the gallery itself represents the world, and the artists are the ones in power.

Art D’Egypte’s latest exhibition embraces a concept unlike anything we’ve seen in the local arts scene. Like something out of George Orwell’s dystopian novel ’1984,’ this new project introduces artists not as visionaries or dreamers or conduits for a muse, but as tyrants, despots and dictators. As powerful rulers with absolute control which they ruthlessly exert over their own art.


The exhibition, titled ‘Technocrat’, is a collaboration between seven artists: Ahmed El Shaer, Eman El Banna, Marwan El Gamal, Marianne Fahmy, Nada Baraka, Shadwa Ali and Dina Jereidini. The exhibit is a miniature recreation of a technocratic system, wherein the gallery itself represents the world and the artists are the ones in power. Each room in the gallery is occupied by the work of each artist, serving as their domain. You abide by their rules, and reimagine a reality through their eyes, theories and ideas. Through their vision, the artists have created a parallel universe, blurring the boundaries of our concrete world.


The exhibition opened its doors on January 24th, and will be going on until February 13th every day from 6 PM to 10 PM. Held in collaboration with Al Ismaelia and DHL, you can see ‘Technocrat’ at 20 Al Adly St in Downtown Cairo.