The French-British battle for hegemony around 1800 coined the expression the Middle East, with Egypt placed center stage between European colonial capitals and India. Since then, images of Ancient Egypt have played continuously on the European mind. A geopolitical hotspot, Egypt was central in 19th and 20th century reconceptualisations of time and speed, infrastructure and technology, aesthetics and movement, all negotiated through circulating imagery.  
This exhibition traces the history of moving images and objects within and out of Egypt, from the massive to the virtually weightless, concentrating on issues of design, media, architecture, art and travel. It follows images of Egypt – factual and fictitious – across media, space and time, from monuments to postcards, from opera scenes to film sets, from nineteenth-century surveys to the facsimiles being made of Egyptian tombs today.
Inspired by the Description de l’Égypte, the twenty-volume record of the work of the more than 150 savants Napoleon brought on his top-secret mission to Egypt in 1798, published from 1809 through 1829 in mammoth folio (100 x 81 cm), Images of Egypt presents the research of PhD and MA students working through archival material to produce eight precise anecdotal histories in text and images. The projects negotiate the relationships between media and objects; time and temporalities; material and technology; culture, landscape, and geopolitics.
Images of Egypt is framed by a supersized version of the map general Bonaparte used to conquer Egypt, film footage of the moving of Egyptian monuments, including President Nasser’s relocation of a Ramesses II colossus from Memphis to Cairo in the context of the Suez crises and the construction of the Aswan High Dam, while an Egyptian-sized table displays a dummy of Moving Egypt, a book in production that will be launched at the exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Cultural History, January 2018. Book design: Aslak Gurholt, Yokoland.
Images of Egypt forms part of OCCAS’ EU-funded research project Printing the Past (PriArc). The seminar Images of Egypt has been taught by professors Tim Anstey and Mari Lending, and the exhibition is made by Eirik Arff Gulseth Bøhn and Beata Labuhn, with Kosha Ahmadi, Mikala Kjær, Eirik Stokke, Eva Storrusten, Robert Sømod, and Xianwen Zheng.

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Dato: 28 april, 2017 - 25 mai, 2017
Tid: 08:00 - 15:30

Sted: Galleri AHO
Adresse: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Kontakt: Mari.Lending@aho.no