Re-art Recycling Art Workshop
[re art workshop] Instructor: Medhat Benzoher
Egypt is in dire need for solutions to help solve the garbage problem. Several efforts have been made by local and international organizations to get rid of the waste suffocating people in Cairo. In an attempt to contribute towards alleviating the garbage problem, the idea of recycling waste material into artistic objects has appealed to many. Participants in the workshop get to create artworks from objects that were once thrown away.
Recycled Puppets & Masks
In this workshop, participants will use recycled materials to create puppets and masks of all kinds. Through sculptural techniques like papier-mâché, assemblage, and form-building, participants will experiment making hand puppets, face and head masks, and larger two- or three-person puppets. There will be technical guidance in building and shaping forms as well as the freedom to create and experiment with materials. We will put on a small parade in the area after the workshop on Saturday, 23 February 2013.
About the instructor:
Jenna Crowder is an American visual artist and designer, often working in public spaces and with writing. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Art History with a focus in civic engagement and public art. Jenna is currently researching the roles of art, design, and visual culture as tools for participation and engagement and as methods for creating more positive experiences in everyday life. She recently worked with the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, exploring these ideas collaboratively with participating artist and their communities. She is also developing community-based workshops with books, conceptual art, and food dynamics in the Middle East. Jenna has completed residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Arts Residency Cairo, and has exhibited work all over the United States. She has been a visiting artist at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine in the United States, and FOSAJ Art Space in Jacmel, Haiti.