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What Then? – Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo

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Samtal och presentationer på Skånes konstförening i Malmö med bl a IASPIS expertbesök Simon Njami.

De Malmöbaserade konstnärerna Ikram AbdulkadirLeif HolmstrandSigrid Holmwood och Tamara de Laval presenterar sina konstnärliga praktiker. Curatorerna Power Ekroth och Sara Rossling samtalar med biennalens chefskurator Simon Njami, en Parisbaserad oberoende curator, konstkritiker och romanförfattare.


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Simon Njami



What Then? – Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo

Date: Thursday November 2
Time: 6.30 – 9pm
Place: Skånes konstförening
Address: Bragegatan 15, Malmö
Language: English

“What Then? – Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo” at Skånes konstförening is an evening and long table get-together that celebrates an exchange between Cairo and Malmö, organized by curator Sara Rossling. The evening features presentations by Malmö-based artists Ikram Abdulkadir, Leif Holmstrand, Sigrid Holmwood, and Tamara de Laval who will be exhibiting in the upcoming biennial in November. This will be followed by a conversation with our special guest, Simon Njami. He is a Paris-based independent curator, art critic, and novelist, and the chief curator of the biennial.

On November 23, the third edition of Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo, will open. With the true dedication that only comes from a genuine love for Cairo and its scene, the organizer, artist, and cultural activist Moataz Nasr, along with Simon Njami, have initiated and insisted on a recurring international contemporary art event of high caliber.

Inspired by the poet W.B. Yeats, Simon Njami asks ‘What Then?’ as an overarching curatorial framework that stresses it has always been foolish to think that others have already done the work for social change. The work is never done. In 2023, gathered at the historic Citadel in our current time of several global challenges, we look back at our ancestors’ actions to do something else about the future.

Power Ekroth and Sara Rossling, along with curators from around the world, have been invited to contribute to the biennial in Cairo with exhibitions. “Persistence Through Joy,” will feature works by Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Ida Idaida, Ikram Abdulkadir, Leif Holmstrand, Maxime Hourani, Salad Hilowle, Sigrid Holmwood, Valeria Montti Colque, Theresa Lekberg & Kateryna Seheda, Tamara de Laval, and Theresa Traore Dahlberg.

Simon Njami’s visit is made possible through the support of the IASPIS expert visits programme. The exhibition ”Persistence Through Joy” is made with the support of the Swedish Arts Council. Skånes konstförenings programs are supported by Malmö Stad, Region Skåne, and The Swedish Arts Council.

Skånes konstförening’s programmes are supported by Malmö Stad, Region Skåne and The Swedish Arts Council.

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