Fakes & Double Feldmanns

Nile Sunset Annex

Approaching its second birthday, the Cairo-based art space Nile Sunset Annex made an identical replica of Hans-Peter Feldmann's "Hat with Photograph" (no date, no edition). The two were launched during the opening of its 15th exhibition, of three works from the 1970s by Ali Jabri and Mounir Canaan. A small visual presentation about doubles, fakes, objects, auras and air quality in Cairo and elsewhere was given, titled "A history of two Feldmanns/ One the original/ Two a copy/ Both equally heavy". The slideshow presented above stems from it, and is a riff on the word fake in two languages.

Nile Sunset Annex is an experimental self-funded artist-run project in Cairo. It organizes month-long exhibitions focusing on physical objects, and produces a publication for each show. It keeps one work from each exhibition in order to grow a contemporary art collection. Nile Sunset Annex was founded in January 2013. Click here for information about their program.

This exchange is part of A GUEST WITHOUT A HOST IS A GHOST—Collection in Residence, a collaboration between Kadist Art Foundation and Beirut.

currently hosts 23 artworks from the collection of the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and San Francisco. Chapter One–The Exhibition presented the entire selection at Beirut, Townhouse Gallery and Contemporary Image Collective during May–June 2014. For Chapter Two–The Disposition, Beirut invited a number of Cairo-based artists, curators and institutions to pick a work as guest and attend to it some way that shares it with a public audience. See link on top for more information.