We are not Worried in the Least

In 2016, SAVVY Contemporary inaugurated a series of solo exhibitions by filmmakers during the weeks of the Berlinale – starting with Welcome to Applied Fiction by Jean Pierre Bekolo, followed by The Law of the Pursuer by Amos Gitai. Film-makers are invited to work with the medium of the exhibition and present re-search materials from their archives: extra footage, objects, texts, notes collected in the process of film-making. For its third year, SAVVY Contemporary has conceived a project with Egyptian-Polish filmmaker, artist and activist Jasmina Metwaly, who has been invited to work with the material she has been producing since 2011, in the aftermath of the Egyptian uprisings.

We are not Worried in the Least نحن لسنا قلقين على الإطلاق is the outcome of this invitation. I worked as Associate Curator of the exhibition. My role in the exhibition was to assist the artist, Jasmina Metwaly, and curator, Antonia Alampi. in developing the concept of the exhibition and in assisting with production. This included being part of the conversations leading up to the exhibition, which were eventually documented in the exhibition brochure, and helping translate the concept to the physical space.

The historical background is the turbulent political and social landscape of Egypt in this time-frame: the uprisings of 2011 and the constitution of new civil formations (such as unions) and the strengthening of grassroots initiatives; a time of hope and imagination for new political groups, new disappointing elections, followed by a military coup that has repressed citizens’ rights, forbidding public gatherings and protests in public spaces through the violent reinforcement of laws and the production of a continuous state of fear, effectively eliminating any opposition.

The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to the current permanent state of paranoia in the country, a political limbo that can only be described as a state of mundane and monotonous violence. Waiting in police stations or in courtrooms, on the phone for news from loved ones, the struggle has dramatically changed the lives of those involved. In the face of this existential and physical exhaustion, growing bored with or tired of it all may be the only way to overcome the current state of affairs. More information about the exhibition here.

All photos Raisa Galofre.