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Oct 10 / Nov 7 – 2010 

Bread can speak of a Nation; it is invariably the first thing you will eat when visiting a country. Bread can assume a socio-political and cultural importance in society that belies its humble status. It is such a primitive basic food that it’s denial through political or environmental intervention can have exceptional impact. In the USSR in 1917, Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks promised “Peace, Land and Bread”.

The exhibition Khobz uses bread in an "out of context situation", the purpose of which was to rethink and relocate bread and elicit a response from viewers questioning our customary relationship to bread and the way it is perceived. Each artist explores a different aspect of the culture of bread, its importance and significance in its various guises to all societies across our planet.

Egypt is the worlds biggest consumer of bread, and in 2008 was on the brink of a major political crisis as the country struggled to cope with grain shortages, millions of Egyptians that rely on government subsidised bread were forced to queue at bakeries for hours, often waiting before dawn, to get their daily ration. At least 7 people died some as a result of exhaustion others as a result of the scuffles in front of bakeries that became a daily occurrence, turning into violent clashes; following this the army was ordered to bake bread for the public although they produced about 2.5 million loaves a day, less than 1% of what is needed. In 1977, a government move to lift the subsidies on bread sparked the only mass popular uprising in the past half-century and sparked riots that killed at least 70, Sadat’s government quickly restored the subsidies. For Egypt’s more than 30 million poor, subsidised bread means survival.

Through this exhibition we intend to create a debate over this humble basic food, in its humility; as the cement of the community, as the common denominator amongst the world’s population. Bread is the simplest, the most humble of foods and yet the most crucial, the most shared and symbolic.

Participating artists
Youssef Laymoud, Ayman El Semary, Nathan Doss, Ateff Ahmed, Hisham El Zeiny, Khaled Serour, Shaymaa Aziz, Enass El Sadek, Mohamed Khalifa, Moataz Nasreldin, Jasmine Soliman, Ema Banany

Press
– Andrew Cornetta, 'Bread and Crumbs', Bikya Masr, Independent News for the World, October 12 2011.
– Ekram Ibrahim, 'Oven fresh: Art exhibition explorers bread as more than food', November 2 2009. 

 

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