Egypts contribution to the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is a tribute to the artist, musician and professor Ahmed Basiony. Ahmed Basiony (1978 – 2011) was killed on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 28, 2011, during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The exhibition is titled 30 Days of Running in the Space and refers to a project that Ahmed Basiony had realized outside Cairo’s Palace of Arts, not far from Tahrir Square. For 30 days, the artist was jogging everyday for an hour in a square structure enclosed in transparent plastic sheets. Ahmed Basiony wore a suit that measured the artist’s number of steps and levels of sweat produced. This data was wirelessly transferred to a large screen, thus altering the displayed grid of colors. The second part of the exhibition shows raw footage of the revolts on the streets of Cairo.
Ahmed Basiony: Thirty Days of Running in the Space. Egypt Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2011. Giardini della Biennale, Venice / Italy, June 4, 2011.
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