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Troubled Waters: Images from the Arab World
September 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - September 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Please join us for the soft opening of the exhibition on 20 Sept 2022, the opening day of Masahat festival.
18.00: Opening Photo Exhibition Troubled Waters Kristparken
18.30: Reception.Khartoum Contemporary Art Center.
- 19.30: walking to TootArd concert. Ingensteds.
During the festival week 20-25 September, you will be able to experience the exhibition in different outdoor areas around Oslo. See here the map of the exhibition. The four locations are Kristparken, the green area around Kulturkirken Jakob, Kubaparken, and Bjørvika.
Troubled Waters: Images from the Arab World is an outdoor exhibition addressing the prospects of just transitions and climate justice given the environmental degradation affecting the Arab world today. It speaks about the flow of capital and people and the hierarchy of geographies between a Global North and a Global South, determined through modern financial, industrial, and extractive coloniality. Photo essays produced by four Arab photographers –Nadia Bseiso (Jordan), Tamara Saadé (Lebanon), Roger Anis (Egypt) and Seif Kousmate (Morocco)– will occupy four locations in the city of Oslo, creating an inevitable discussion between imagined landscapes, the reality of Oslo, and counterpart cities in the south. Despite these North and Southern cities having no immediate formal correlation, at first sight, it shows the contrasts between environments while encouraging a rethinking of a shared responsibility towards the Planet.
People from the Arab world have periodically taken to the streets in the past decades due to degradation producing poverty through economies of extractivism carried out by colonial and authoritarian powers. The exhibition Troubled Waters, part of Masahat’s annual festival for Arab arts and culture, seeks to cultivate an arena for mutual inspiration and exchange amongst Norwegian and Arab scholars, activists, and artists who are concerned with ecological politics in order to contribute to shaping tools capable of carrying solidaristic concerns to tear down colonial structures, authoritarian regimes and their ideology.
The installations for the exhibition are designed by artist Frido Evers.
The exhibition is produced by Masahat in collaboration with Fotogalleriet, AFAC and Khartoum Contemporary Art Center. The project has been made possible through grants and support from Oslo City, Fritt Ord, KORO (Public Arts Norway), and Arts Council Norway.
Photo credit: Roger Anis, “Oh Mysterious Nile… Will You Be Immortal!”, Egypt, Arab Documentary Photography Program 2020.