**Abla elBahrawy** Guest in Residence

Posted on June 14, 2017


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Voices in the West Bank, manipulated image from the Palimpsest Tests series, 2014.

 

Abla elBahrawy is an architect and researcher from Cairo, Egypt. Her practice oscillates somewhere between Architecture, Archaeology and Art. She was a teaching assistant for Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo. She worked as an architect at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo. Also, she was a core team member of Megawra (The Built Environment Collective) which is a platform for communication and holistic debate between architectural students and practitioners. She graduated from the Sandberg Institute (2015) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (2017) in the Netherlands.

Since 2010, Abla has been working on a long-term research project that investigates excavation houses in Luxor and the implications of their traces. The project attempts to intertwine anecdotes about the ambiguities of the practice of archaeology and knowledge creation through presenting a collection of chosen objects that had fallen down, the stories of which take place around the dig houses as physical and/or metaphorical sites. Currently, Abla is working on the fifth story The Fall of a Reed. In it she focuses on papyrus paper making and the narrative of its development from a historical material to a contemporary production that thrives on fluctuating interpretations of nationality and identity.

 

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The Fall of a Reed (or how to make papyrus paper), still from performance, 2017.

 

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