Shubra Line, Drawing & Five channels sound installation, 2012, Artellewa, Giza, Egypt.
A collaborative project with sound artist Yara Mekawei.
It’s just five minutes between one Metro station and the other in Cairo. Five minutes is enough to catch a glimpse of various characters: vendors, workers, travelers, and students. And, to hear the many ambient sounds: discussions between small groups of friends; people debating society and politics; the voices of vendors selling their wares, raising their voices above the sound of the train; sounds we are so accustomed to that we have learned to ignore; the sound of Egyptian pop that you hear sometimes coming from a mobile phone; or, someone sitting or standing next to you, speaking to no one but himself in a loud voice for the whole trip. Shubra Line discussed the freedom to express political viewpoints in public transportation for the first time in Egypt after the revolution.
If you are a Metro passenger or not, “Shubra Line” invites you into this world, to understand it differently. This exhibition takes you on a transformed path, where you might hear something different along the way.