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Last July, we were treated to an amazing performance from Sadat who flew straight from Madinet El-Salam, Cairo to fill this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the hortus conclusus (a contemplative room, a garden within a garden) with the impossible-not-to dance-to Egyptian Sha3by music, with DJ Funkyeast…

 For those who missed it, see here:

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Special thanks goes to the amazing Sadat, DJ Funkyeast (See Eastern Tempatations at Darbucka Club, London), Noov El Senary, Yasmine El Rashidi and all the Bidoun Team!

All photos (c) Polly Bradden




Still from Shawky's Cabaret crusades: The Horror Show File (2010)

Free Cinema School Salon, Wednesday 6th April, 7-9pm

64 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BW


April’s Free Cinema School Salon will be hosted by resident artist, Wael Shawky.  Wael will be presenting a selection of films from Egypt,  a discussion will follow.

We are really excited to have Wael  in residence this month and hope that you can join us for this evening event.

Associated Event:

Artist Talk: Wael Shawky

Friday 8 April 2011, 6.30pm
Delfina Foundation

29 Catherine Place, SW1E 6DY

Free event. To book, please email

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Wael Shawky lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt.  Last year he launched MASS Alexandria, the first Independent Studio Program for young artists in Alexandria, Egypt, Shawky has received international acclaim for his work as an artist and filmmaker.  Shawky has held solo shows internationally, including the Citta Dell’Arte, Italy (2010), Gentili Apri, Berlin (2009), the Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2007), and Ludwigsburg Kunstverein in Germany (2005) as well as presenting work at the Venice Biennale (2003, 2005).  In February 2011, he was awarded the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award .  From 15th April 2011, you can see Wael Shawky’s work at Nottingham Contemporary (

His residency with the Edgware Road Project will be undertaken in two parts, April 2011 and then in Summer 2011.  His residency is in collaboration with the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo and the Delfina Foundation, London.


Film Still from The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation and Rania Stephan

‘Plot for a Biennial’, the 10th Sharjah Biennial, which opens on March 16, 2011 is curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti and Associate Curator Haig Aivazian.  The Biennial will present new and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and performers from across the region and internationally. The Biennial’s film program will include the screening of a non-fiction feature-length narrative, The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni by artist and filmmaker, Rania Stephan.

Rania Stephan was artist in residence at the Centre for Possible Studies in Summer 2010 where she ran workshops, public talks and discussions as well as curating a series of Free Cinema School Salons at the Centre and in cafes along the Edgware Road and Church street area.  These Salons featured, former resident of the Edgware Road and iconic film star, Suad Hosni, who passed away in mysterious circumstances on the road in 2001.

The much anticipated film, The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni, will premiere in Sharjah on 19 March 2011.  We are looking forward to it!  Good luck Rania!

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For more information on Rania Stephan please see here or come to the Centre for Possible Studies where some of her previous work can be seen: