“Histories of Now” at Museum School

From our review of “Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo” at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts:

“Histories of Now” rounds up six contemporary Egyptian video artists for a snapshot of what Egyptians have been thinking lately. The group fits in the international, smartypants, conceptual mode that probably works well for avoiding trouble with repressive regimes because the coded postmodernism obscures much of its social critique.

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“Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo” at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 the Fenway, Boston, Jan. 18 to March 17, 2012.

Pictured at top: Ahmed Basiony’s “30 Days of Running in Place” as it was exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Moataz Nasr, “Merge and Emerge,” 2011. Three-channel video installation. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin. Photo by Oak Taylor-Smith.

Hala Elkoussy, “First Story–Mount of Forgetfulness,” 2010. HD video, 28 minutes.

Ahmed Basiony, “30 Days of Running in the Place,” 2011. Three-channel video installation at SMFA. Photo by George Bouret.

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