Grant Programme for Internationalization
Mariam Elnozahy, Elke Uitentuis, Wouter Osterholt
In 'Taking Stock', the makers Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis (NL) and curator Mariam Elnozahy (EG) are facilitating the decentralisation process of the Town House Gallery in downtown Cairo. The effect of recent economic and political shifts in Cairo on this cultural institute is such that it can no longer continue in its current form. By distributing the materials (capital) among the local community and archiving these online, the teams seeks to critically reflect on the significance of the organisation for its direct environment and the cultural scene, but also on the transition that this organisation could undergo.
This plan is the result of interviews and a survey among local grassroots organisations and the members of Down Town Gallery. The activities consist of: further indexing of all objects, a three-month public 'transition manifestation' and the development of an online platform and archive. The public manifestation in the gallery will show the history of Town House Gallery and will function as a space to share stories and ideas. The team will organise small group sessions where visitors can indicate which materials and heritage of the Gallery they want to take care of. The team will present the results in the form of an online platform, with a launch event in Town House Gallery in Cairo and at Onomatopee in Eindhoven.