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Staging the City – Cairo/Egypt 2014 – ongoing - Magdalena Kallenberger

Staging the City – Cairo Cinemagraphs

A Project by Magdalena Kallenberger // Assistant: Abla Mohamed

“Perhaps everything lies in knowing what words to speak,
what actions to perform, and in what order and rhythm;
or else someone’s gaze, answer, gesture is enough;

it is enough for someone to do something for the sheer pleasure of doing it,
and for his pleasure to become the pleasure of others:
at that moment, all spaces change, all heights, distances;
the city is transfigured, becomes crystalline, transparent as a dragonfly.”

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Staging the City – Cairo Cinemagraphs is an ongoing project documenting everydays life in public spaces in Cairo. We are looking for small sceneries, gazes, gestures and little interactions, untold stories happening within the frame. Small shops, snack bars, bakeries and other small businesses, their owners and employees, streetsellers and passersby in different districts of Cairo. Small moments and random incidents, captured and repeated in an endless loop. Starting point is always one street or square, where we spent one day observing, filming and documenting. So far we were in Downtown, Dokki, Heliopolis and Ard El Lewa. Further excursions to New Cairo, Giza, Boulak, Shubra, Maadi and other parts of town are in progress.

Dokki Fegen1 Staging the City – Cairo/Egypt 2014 – ongoing

Part I: Downtown Cairo / Wust el Balad (2015)
Part II: El Dokki (2015)
Part III: Heliopolis / Masr el Gedidah (2015)
Part IV: Ard El Lewa (2015)