IN/OUT Festival – Rania Atef

16 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
5:00-7:00 pm

Country: Egypt

Title: Not only Ostriches bury their heads in sand

Type: Sculpture

Location: JNGFA Park

Date: 16 – 31 October, project opening: 25 October 2019


Rania Atef born in 1988, is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the notions of play and craft across a wide range of mediums including: painting, sculpture, installation and video. She obtained her BA in Product Design from the Faculty of Applied Arts (2011) and now she is enrolled in MASS Alexandria 2018/ 2019 program for Contemporary Art. Her practice has started with the experimentation of three dimensional forms and installations through using and combining different materials. And her work mainly focuses on the infrastructure of the social implications of life experience which affects human behavior and attitude. She has participated in a number of local/international exhibitions and festivals in Egypt, The Netherlands, India and South Africa.



Many are watching the rapid development of information technology and the large availability of such a large number of ports, which makes us wonder and think about the education systems in the Arab region and its relation with the students. Are they consistent with this amount of knowledge being transferred? Are these systems contrary to what is happening globally, and thus create a gap between students and places of education such as schools and universities, resulting in separation between them. Nowadays you can find a clear disconnection between students and places of education, where students do not feel they belong to these places although they go and attend and exist with their bodies, while their minds seem to be connected elsewhere. And this leads us to question the ways of teaching and the curriculums found in these educational systems, which deepen the feel of isolation and the desire to detach from the system. The project titled “Not only Ostriches bury their heads in sand” acts as a reflection of the feeling of being stuck and overwhelmed with stress, tons of information, and massive input we are being exposed to nowadays through formal education, which leads to disconnection, Isolation and the desire to disappear.

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