The Alexandria: (Re)activating Common Urban Imaginaries (ALEX) project aims to cast new light on the multiple challenges facing the arts and heritage sectors, through the symbolic and historical lens of the city of Alexandria and its influence on urban planning in the Mediterranean and beyond.
Sixteen participants have been selected as part of the Caravan Residency Program: Thinking with Alexandria, which aims to survey the cities of Athens, Nicosia, Marseille, and Brussels, through the lens of Alexandria and its urban imaginaries. While spending time is these cities, they will take part in a discursive and practical field programme with the curators of the residency, social entrepreneurs and a series of tutors and representatives from various disciplines and contexts. Participants are expected to work on a final project, which will then be showcased as part of the Contemporary Alexandria Forums in Athens, Biella, Marseille, Alexandria and Aarhus.
These 16 artists, activists, researchers, filmmakers and other practitioners are:
For Athens (Onassis Stegi Foundation): Islam Shabana (Egypt), Neja Tomsic (Slovenia), Zeynep Kaserci (UK resident, Turkey), Chiara Cartuccia (UK resident, Italy), Tahir Onur Çimen (Turkey)
For Nicosia (Undo Point Centre for Contemporary Art): Sara Fakhry Ismail (Egypt), Post Disaster (Italy), Christopher French (UK), Ludovica Guarnieri (UK resident, Italy), Georgios Moraitis (Greece)
For Marseille (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée - MUCEM): Mark Lotfy (Egypt), Mahmoud El Safadi (Lebanon), Stella Ioannidou (Greece)
For Brussels (Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar): Omnia Sabry (Egypt), Sotiris Tsiganos (Greece), Eva Frapiccini (Italy)
The Caravan Residency is designed and run by the UNIDEE residency programmes at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy and is curated in collaboration with Edwin Nasr and Sarah Rifky.
The main activity of the ALEX project will be a major exhibition at Bozar from 23 September 2022 until 8 January 2023, then at MUCEM from 8 February to 8 May 2023.
The ALEX project, funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, draws on the resources of eight major partners: The Royal Museum of Mariemont (Morlanwelz), the Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar (Brussels), the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy), the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations - MUCEM (Marseille), Onassis-Stegi (Athens), the University of Leiden (Netherlands), the Kunsthal in Aarhus (Denmark) and the Undo Point Centre for Contemporary Art (Nicosia, Cyprus).