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Sidewalk Salon- 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo.

Onomatopee 114

Sidewalk Salon Cairo – 1001 street chairs of Cairo
is an intimate portrait of Cairo, seen from the thousands of street chairs on its sidewalks and the people who occupy them.

These far from perfect, used chairs, which populate Cairo’s sidewalks, speak of the city from below. Acting at times as zoom and as wide-angle lenses, the street chairs are used in this book as tools to explore intimate details and collective aspects of the city. If strictly speaking Sidewalk Salon Cairo is a photographic documentation of original chairs from the streets of Cairo, in a larger sense it deals with the material and human dimensions of a layer of the city.

In addition to the polaroid photographs of the street chairs, various stories were gathered. Interviews with chair users as well as short pieces of fiction and poems inspired by street chairs, commissioned for this project, bring us closer to the occupants and owners of street chairs. Our roster of writers included the talented voices of Yasser Abd al-Latif, Al-Taher Sharkawy, Maged Zaher, Mohamed al-Fakharany, Amira Hanafi and Malaka Badr.

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17-25 October
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Manar Moursi, David Puig, 2015

Sidewalk Salon- 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo.

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Combining Polaroid photography and texts in English and Arabic, this book presents creative practices of design that occur on the sidewalk along with the unplanned interventions in the public space that give Cairo its distinctive character.

Organized in two sections – walks and series–, the book gives the reader a glimpse into our method of urban empiricism and our journeys on foot through the city, in which we documented street chairs by indexing on maps the locations of the seats photographed.  The series sections reveal common formal characteristics of street chairs, while shedding a light on multiple techniques of recycling and redesign that people use to repair and improve their seats. Some of those series group together particular types of seats like armchairs and sofas, or curious pairs of twin chairs also found regularly on the pavement. Other sequences focus on the life cycle of chairs, showing different phases of their decay—from their amputations to their final collapse—or the miracle of their recovery with the help of various prostheses.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
255 x 195 MM / 7.75 x 10 inches (portrait)
Pages
224
ISBN
978-94-91677-47-2
Editor
Manar Moursi, David Puig
Author
various
Graphic
Sandra Kassenaar
Language
English and Arab
Binding
sewn and glued
Paper
cyclus offset 100% recycled 80 gr and planoplus 90 gr (inside) and starline greyback 350grs (cover)
Edition
1.200
Color
full color (144 pages) and black (80 pages)
Printer
Rob Stolk, Amsterdam (NL)
Details
includes 3 poster inserts of Cairo walks
Curator
Freek Lomme
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Manar Moursi editor, architect
  • David Puig editor, theorist
  • Sandra Kassenaar graphic designer website
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) public fund website