Open to the Public
Location 19 Washington Square North View map
An installation of photographs depicting the informal housing (ashwa'iyat) that comprises over 40 percent of Cairo and the hope that the state, oblivious to the needs of that community, would eventually come to its aid. Since the photographs were taken, that hope has been met in the form of a revolution and the hope to establish a democracy that in turn will benefit the ashwa'iyat and its inhabitants.
Lara Baladi works essentially with reproducible images in various media and formats. Born in Lebanon, raised in Paris, and currently residing in Egypt, Baladi's installations, videos and collages, address memory, both collective and personal, in a codified language that articulates a multicultural perspective in a world of shifting boundaries. Her work has been exhibited internationally at various spaces around the Middle East, the US, Japan, and Europe.