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Being Borrowed: The Exhibit Uncovering Egyptian Migration to the Gulf

The exhibition opened on October 2nd, and is welcoming visitors until October 31st at Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo.

Farah Desouky

Tales of migration to the Gulf are present in every Egyptian home, yet globally their tales are overshadowed and ignored, the difficulties they go through misunderstood and normalised. Multimedia exhibition ‘Being Borrowed’ led by anthropologist Farah Hallaba of ‘Anthropology Bl 3araby’, Egyptian photographer Ali Zaraay, curator Farida Youssef, and designer Sherine El Salla, tackles the lived experience of thousands of Egyptian workers who migrated eastwards in search of better opportunities.

“I’ve lived in Saudi Arabia for 18 years, and my father still lives there,” Hallaba tells CairoScene. “It was so interesting yet bizarre to me how this experience is understudied, despite being so common amongst Egyptians. Over the course of three months we’ve held workshops at Anthropology Bl 3araby about migration to the Gulf, and felt like our conversations should extend beyond, so we started working on this exhibition.”

Through a series of talks, interactive artworks, articles, installations, and short films the exhibition sheds light on difficult stories and in a sense creates a community for strangers who share the same experience. The exhibition opened on October 2nd, and is welcoming visitors until October 31st at Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo.