The Iconoclastic State and Visible Publics

March 16, 2017 blogpost at the Guggenheim Museum site.

It is just before eight o’clock in the evening on May 23, 2010, and I am buzzing with excitement. We are at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo and I am on the verge of opening my first curated group exhibition. The show, Invisible Publics, grapples with the purpose of art exhibitions from the perspective of various different publics. What happens when such groups come together? Do they recognize themselves as a public (in political-academic terms) at all? Invisible Publics hangs on Hannah Arendt’s every word. more--