The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, April 26, 2018

Guest-curated exhibition showcases an artist exhange between Egypt and the United States
The exchange serves 17 Egyptian artists and 20 U.S. artists.

PITTSBURGH.- On September 9, 2011, the Mattress Factory opened Sites of Passage, an exhibition with new and context-specific work by artists from Egypt and the United States.

This exhibition is the final exposé of the first “dig” of The Firefly Tunnels Project. The project began in August of 2010 when artist, workshop leader, and co-curator Tavia La Follette went to Egypt to begin the exchange.

The project is a dialogue between Egypt and the United States during Egypt’s fight for democracy, as the U.S. enters the 10th anniversary of 9/11, executes its architect, questions its own democracy and as both countries go into an election for a new leader.

Performance and installation artists from both Egypt and the U.S. converse through a virtual lab/website, where they exchange ideas and materials. The commonality between both sides of the “tunnel”/website is that the artists have gone through an intensive workshop with La Follette. It is during this workshop that the artists explore a common symbolic based language or code of communication. The workshop's focus on art as a deeper language of communication, dealing with such topics as religion, culture and identity, while also examining how to use virtual art as a force for social change.

Independent curator Katherine Talcott and Tavia La Follette worked together selecting pieces for the virtual gallery, which is open to the public. From the virtual gallery ideas were transformed into the tangible exhibit, Sites of Passage, at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit consists of live performance, video, and sound and site-specific installations. The website and the global critique of the work is also part of the installation. Egyptians have come to the Mattress Factory museum to work on-site with U.S. based artists. Live feeds to Egypt, community outreach, educational outreach and programming are also part of the exhibit.

The exchange serves 17 Egyptian artists and 20 U.S. artists. The artists were selected by their diversity in medium, background and who were at various stages of their careers. The eclectic nature of the group is important to the workshop and dialogue process.

“Sites of Passage is the first step in creating a global network of experimental artists who communicate and work together through a virtual performance art lab. The site is a metaphorical passage way for the exchange of ideas through the language of performance and installation art. One could think of it as an underground railroad that crosses the border of language, a system of tunnels that doesn’t believe in the barriers of countries or the obstruction of segregated tongues. The vision of a cooperative lab stems from the belief that metaphor and the arts can reach humanity on deeper level than rhetoric, which is often misinterpreted. The overall goal of the exchange is to build a language of peace through the actions of art.” – Tavia La Follette, co-curator of SITES OF PASSAGE

Today's News

September 10, 2011

Israel's national museum returns art to Jewish artist's heirs decades after it was looted

The Walters Art Museum announces major gift of 300 works from John Bourne of Santa Fe

A private German collection and the Gabrielle Keiller collection lead Christie's antiquities sale in London

Poussin masterpiece from the celebrated 'Sacraments' series acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum

Christie's New York announces the auction of a major selection of the remarkable Peter Norton Collection

Legendary Pop diva Anita Mui's jewels and watches to be offered exclusively at Sotheby's

Under a difficult financial situation, Kunstverein Hamburg announces charity auction to save its existence

John Ritter's politically and emotionally charged works at Lyons Wier Gallery Project Space

Exhibition at DC Moore Gallery of new paintings by Eric Aho explore the idea of the covert

Stephenson's Sept. 16 auction includes final inventory of Philadelphia's beloved Glatz Jewelers

Bob Dylan's "Asia Series" art exhibition coming to New York City's Gagosian Gallery

National Park Service secures Petrified Forest; adds 26,000 acres of private land

Photo of Confederate General Robert E. Lee fetches $23K for charity at online auction

Robert Lobe's sculptures take root in Prospect Park's Pastoral Landscape

Design competition seeks to improve National Mall

Tate announces one of the most successful years ever

Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates record attendance: Third highest on record

Guest-curated exhibition showcases an artist exhange between Egypt and the United States

New York arts world commemorates September 11 in music, film

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful