In Domestic Tourism II, Maha Maamoun explores how the ‘timeless’ image of the Egyptian pyramids can be challenged by reworking representations of these historic monuments into urban narratives. This film pieces together footage from Egyptian movies in which the pyramids are featured as a backdrop; many of the selected scenes have a political resonance and are linked to memorable and important moments in the history of modern Egypt. By re-inscribing the pyramids into the multifaceted and historical landscape of Cairo, Maamoun re-appropriates this national symbol from the superficial glorification of touristic postcards, commercials and Hollywood films.
Domestic Tourism II was commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and is now part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection.
Screening and Booking Information
Domestic Tourism II (2009)
Director: Maha Maamoun
Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Experimental| 60 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles
The screening of Domestic Tourism II, which is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, is taking place under a film programme running in parallel with the Unsettled Objects exhibition, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director.
Bookings for this film screening and Q&A session are available here.
Details about the full programme and the screenings can be found here.