Manar Moursi (Egypt). My practice ranges from installations in public space to printed matter, video, and sculpture. Informed by my architectural and design background, my work tackles social and political themes through the lens of everyday spatial and material culture. It focuses in particular on improvised interventions in urban public space. These unpredictable configurations often lie within a broader network of unauthorized systems, revealing unusual models of co-habitation. The spaces and objects I study in my work allow me to unravel tensions related to gender, property and voice in the cities I study. I earned a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Virginia (2004) and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University (2008). I am currently a candidate for the PhD program in History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture at MIT. My most recent solo exhibition, the Loudspeaker and the Tower (2019) at Trinity Square Video was a part of the Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival in Toronto. I have otherwise exhibited in multiple group shows across the Middle East and Europe. I have also had multiple projects in and about the public space in Cairo. In 2015, my book Sidewalk Salon co-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee and Kotob Khan. I have also published other mini-publications in the form of maps and booklets since. Currently, I am working towards developing a new artist book with Edition Fink in Zurich.
01 / Jun / 19 - 22 / Ag / 19