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Memories of the city

Quartier: Ain Sebaa

The memory of cities around the world is being continuously erased through the gentrification of its neighbourhoods whether it happens gradually through manipulating rents or suddenly by forced eviction of its residents; whether the buildings are demolished or reused by other class of people.


In all cases, the vibrant image of the everyday life in these neighbourhoods lives in the memory of the people who lied there. Azza & Ahmad aim to excavate, extract and collect these memories through interviews and turn them into visual narratives that combine the fictional with the real to make stories of people in other cities who were resistant/resilient to the violent act of gentrification more visible.

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Ahmad Borham

An independent architect, urban researcher and part-time teaching in the American University in Cairo. His MSc. thesis is titled Resilient Rules: Culture and Complexity in Traditional Built Environments. He is a co-founder Madd Platform which interacts with local initiatives and helps them to implement on-the-ground project and actions. He is also the co-director of Cairo from Below which strive to change the paradigm of closed room planning and provides citizens with the opportunity to actively contribute to the decision-making process. In addition, he is affiliated with a number of other urban initiatives in Cairo such as Built Environment Collective and Tadamun . He maintains the Drawing Parallels blog drawing comparisons between urban conditions in Cairo and other cities in search for emergent patterns.

Azza Ezzat

Visual artist. She is interested in urban observations and detecting human traces in the built environment. Between the formal governmental city and the informal community’s reactions, Ezzat searches for hidden cities that are built by residents’ impressions, Memories and dreams. She believes that every city has its unique human flavor that changes continuously by timeline.

Pen and ink on large surfaces are the mediums Ezzat usually uses to produce her work. Her practice involves deconstructed elements in multi-intersected layers. Through the work, a new city’s map is emerged or redrawn from gained impressions. 



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