The University Art Gallery presents Beyond Classification, Jan. 13-April 11, 2015. It is a group exhibition of contemporary photography and video by women artists from Egypt, curated by Dr. Nagla Samir, of the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Greg Pond, professor of Art and Art History at the University of the South.
Beyond Classification offers multiple perspectives on current political and social conditions in Egypt, and diverse strategies for communicating about those conditions in photography and video. With these multiple perspectives, the exhibition deliberately aims to counter any simplistic picture, and to provide points of view often lost in representations of Egyptian experience in popular media. Many of these artists address questions about identity and religion: what is it to be a Muslim woman? What does it mean to be a woman artist in Egypt today? How do non-Muslims perceive Muslims? While some explicitly address feminist concerns in their work, others would resist the label, or any label, preferring to cast their work as addressing universal human concerns. The artists included in Beyond Classification use art as a tool for confronting constraints, deflating stereotypes, representing experience, and forging connections.