January 22 –29
One of the most influential artists of the Tahrir Square movement in Egypt, Ganzeer, will visit during the Bryn Mawr College exhibition of “Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings.” His residency will stimulate conversations on the role of art in political dissent, and deepen understanding of the political issues being debated in the Middle East.
Alicia Walker (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College)
Carol Solomon (Independent College Programs, Haverford College)
Hee Sook Kim (Fine Arts, Haverford College)
Manar Darwish (Arabic, Bryn Mawr College)
Omar Foda (History, Bryn Mawr College)
- Exhibition Opening and Lecture by Exhibition Curator Christiane Gruber
Carpenter Library 21, Bryn Mawr College
Thursday, January 22nd
- Art of the Arab World Uprisings: Discussion with Ganzeer, Egyptian Artist and Activist
Thomas Great Hall, Bryn Mawr College
Monday, January 26th
About the Artist
Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian artist operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. He is not an author, comicbook artist, installation artist, painter, speaker, street artist, or videographer, though he has assumed these roles in a number of places around the world. His art has been shown in Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Jordan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States, as well as in myriad Cairo galleries.
Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer’s work as “New Realism,” and the Huffington Post ranked him among “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art,” but Ganzeer rejects both labels and regards Bidoun magazine’s description of him as a “contingency artist” as probably the most accurate, while Ganzeer refers to his own practice as Concept Pop. Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of "50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East" (2013), and he is also one of the protagonists in a critically acclaimed documentary “Art War” (2014) by German director Marco Wilms.