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by Donia Maher and Ganzeer
Translated by Elisabeth Jaquette
Donia Maher is an Egyptian artist and writer. In 2010, she received a production award from al-Mawred al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource) for The Apartment in Bab el-Louk. She lives in Cairo.
Ganzeer, a graphic designer since 2005, has been involved in contemporary art since 2007 with a variety of exhibitions between Cairo, Germany, Holland, Poland, Italy, Brazil, USA, Emirates, and Amman. He has become most known outside of the typical art sphere for his street art and activism efforts throughout 2011. The Guardian of London has described Ganzeer as a major player in an emerging "counter-culture art scene on the mainstream radar," and Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of fifty people shaping the culture of the Middle East today. Art In America's C. Viveros-Faune has associated Ganzeer with today's "New Realism," a label attributed to an art-form responding to a host of global challenges connected to the majority of people outside the standard art bubble.
Elisabeth Jaquette is a writer and translator. Her translations of Arabic literature have been published in Jadaliyya and Asymptote and are forthcoming in Portal 9. She has also worked as a translator for the Palestine Festival of Literature. From 2007–13 she was based in Cairo, where she ran a monthly bilingual literary salon, and she is currently the Arabic reading group chair for UK publisher And Other Stories. Jaquette was a CASA fellow at the American University in Cairo in 2012–13, and is currently a graduate student in anthropology at Columbia University.