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Serpentine Gallery Edgware Road Project Presents The Bidoun Library at the Serpentine Gallery

A Focus on the Revolution in Egypt and on London Libraries

Bidoun Library Programme Saturdays at 3pm, Free:

Hisham Matar, author, Saturday 16 July; Nawal El Saadawi, author & activist, Saturday 23 July; Samandal Comics, artists, Saturday 30 July; Slavs & Tatars, designers, Saturday 6 August; A Partial History of Magazine Diplomacy, Michael C. Vazquez, Saturday 13 August; Ahdaf Soueif, author, Saturday 20 August; UK Libraries: Struggles for the Knowledge Commons, Saturday 27 August; Sonallah Ibrahim, author, Saturday 3 September

Evening events: Monday 18 July, 7pm UK Premiere: Rania Stephan. The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni Rania Stephan presents the UK premiere of her film The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni (2011), which recently won the Sharjah Biennial Prize. The film’s non-fiction narrative reflects on the life and death of Egyptian actress Suad Hosni, who committed suicide while living on the Edgware Road in 2001. The Gate, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JZ. Tickets available from The Gate

Shaabi-Music-Wedding-Dance-Party Friday 22 July, 8pm Selected texts from the Bidoun library will be read out to an accompaniment of loud music, in a celebration of unexpected and unusual pairings. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

The Bidoun Library, a peripatetic resource of books, periodicals and ephemera dedicated to supporting contemporary cultural producers from the Middle East will be in residence at the Serpentine Gallery this summer. While in London, the Library will address the Revolution in Egypt and the swiftly changing state of UK Libraries. They will also launch a special issue of Bidoun magazine produced in and around the revolution in Egypt.

Bidoun will also be continuing their investigation into the diverse history of printed matter related to the Middle East. During July and August, Bidoun will host a series of events at the Serpentine Gallery, including talks by leading authors and artists.

The term 'Middle East,' by most accounts, was coined in an English newspaper at the turn of the century. Since then it has continued to exist more concretely as an object of discourse than a geographical region. The Bidoun Library is an attempt to survey this imagined territory through its manifestations in printed matter. Its strategy is in the consideration of books, periodicals and printed matter as objects; subject to the incentives of material production and beholden to complex and historically contingent objectives. It does this by collecting and arranging in one place, not the most apt or excellent materials on the Middle East, but those which are cheapest.

The Bidoun Library residency is part of the Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project, which links local and international artists with people living and working in this London neighbourhood.

The Bidoun Library is presented in collaboration with The Church Street Library The Delfina Foundation In association with Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture In collaboration with Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Artists, Beirut; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

The Bidoun  Library at the Serpentine Gallery
A Focus on the Revolution in Egypt and on London Libraries

Künstler: Hisham Matar, Nawal El Saadawi, Samandal Comics, Slavs and Tatars , Michael C. Vazquez, Ahdaf Soueif, Sonallah Ibrahim, Rania Stephan ...