Grant Programme for Internationalization
Papyrus and New Media
Abla el Bahrawy (Ba7R)
In ´Papyrus and New Media´, architect and researcher Abla el Bahrawy, Ba7R (EG/NL) is performing design research into the contemporary significance of papyrus for cultural identity in Egypt. The goal is to create more awareness of the value of this local material as a cultural product. Partners are: Megawra-Built Environment Collective (EG), Khatt Foundation (NL) and the Jan van Eyck Academie (NL).
In the start-up phase, El Bahrawy researched the story and the development of papyrus by means of interviews with the local community of Qamoos, Sharkeya and the Egyptian creative sector. She found, among other things, that especially women and children work in the papyrus industry and that this industry is strongly dependent on tourism. The next phase will consist of an experimental materials research and the development of an artistic design and graphic novel. El Bahrawy will organise three materials, drawing and printing technique workshops. Next, she will work with designer Engy Aly (EG), researcher Amr El Komy (EG) and the Charles Nypels Lab of the Jan van Eyck Academie to create artistic work in the form of 25 silk screen prints on papyrus. Additionally, she will develop a graphic novel in collaboration with a number of talented young illustrators: Aya Tarek, Andeel, Chef Makhloof & Migo Rollz, Mostafa Ahmed, Mohamed Salah and Nasser Junior. Khatt Foundation will publish this book in a first edition of 100 copies. The team will present the results at Megawra in Cairo and in the Netherlands.