‘MIGRANTS, NOMADS, FLANEURS: The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ is a work in progress project reflecting upon urban experiences of migration, nomadism and detouring from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. In the framework of Tandem Shaml Program, the collaboration between Gudran (Alexandria) and CeRCCa (Barcelona) proposes an interdisciplinary research-based project, aiming to reflect and challenge mainstream narratives of both cities through alternative histories and stories.
‘MIGRANTS, NOMADS, FLANEURS: The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ develops through research, residencies, seminars, exhibition and critical film screenings. A publication will summarize the process and its outcomes.
The first residency organized by the project took place in Alexandria from the 15th April to the 30th May 2017. With the support of Gudran, for the residency CeRCCa invited Ro Camial and Marta Vallejo. The residency was framed by the participation to the Nassim el Raqs Festival.
The seminar ´Getting Lost in the City´coordinated by Ali al-adawy, bougth the 9 participants from Alexandria and Cairo closer to the idea of the Flaneur as descrived by Walter Benjamin. With a first sesion where Benjamin´s proposals on the flaneur was discussed, the Seminar developed in individual detouring through Alexandria. During the final exhibition the outcome of these detourings were preseted to the public.
Ro Caminal brought us Oblivion/Nasyan. Her installation aimed to evidence how the hegemonic narrative of the cosmopolitan Alexandria which works like a veil that hides the other coexisting realities of the city.
Taking as starting point the idea of the impossibility of knowing, through video, photo and sound, Pau Cata proposed a collage of experiences of Alexandria with the aim to reflect upon and challenge mainstream ideas of nostalgia and memory.
Marta Vallejo presented an alternative mapping of Alexandria based on emotional landscapes constructed through the collection of intimate uses of space. This cratography operated both as an emotional map to get lost in the city and a ritual to survive the urban experience.
‘MIGRANTS, NOMADS, FLANEURS: The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ is aproject developed through the collaboration between Gudran (Alexandria) and CeRCCa (Barcelona) in the framework of Tandem Shaml