This Stays Between Us (Part II)

Dena Al-Adeeb and Nada Shalaby

Through a series of real/imagined walks in Cairo, the artists explore the urban subconscious of the city and its psychogeography.



This Stays Between Us involves the creation of a quasi-fictive archive by two subjects in dialogue, each presenting and responding to images, video, text, and gestures relating to personal and collective narratives of the city of Cairo. In Part I, the artists explored historical and personal memories as they relate to the formation of images of the prominent Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi and contemporary women participating in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. In Part II, the artists trace the poetics of the un/seen as they relate to gendered experiences of hyper-visible invisibility.

About the Artists:

Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist, writer, scholar, and a mama born in Baghdad, Iraq. She is the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Studies Department at UC Davis. Dena is also the recipient of the 2016-2019 Knight Arts Challenge Award. Dena creates performative, relational works, and is dedicated to participatory art, socially engaged projects, and collaborative engagements. Dena investigates the intersections of mapping collective memory, exhumed architecture, and necropolis geographies.  Her work is concerned with dis/embodied experiences and how these resonate through performative commemorations across fragmented encounters of time and space. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Nada Shalaby is a visual artist born in Cairo. Her research-based practice is situated between installation, performance, and social engagement. In her work, she is concerned with the interrogation of uncontested spaces, often involving constructs of language and cultural associations that exist in the public sphere. She holds a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She was a faculty member in the Department of the Arts at The American University in Cairo from 2011-2015. In 2015, she was awarded the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Arts. Nada is currently based in New York and works between New York and Cairo.