BACK TO (THE) SQUARE 1 : Press release (short)

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Should we be surprised by the snows of an Arab Winter, following the revolutionary Spring of 2011 and the heated turmoil of 2012 and 2013? These recurring waves of upheaval have changed the relationship between art, society and politics. Artists and intellectuals played a part in taking over streets, walls and “the square”, using these spaces for art aligned with the protests. Today, however, many artists and intellectuals feel that they are back to “square one”.

Back to (The) Square 1 presents a selection of leading and emerging artists of a new generation. Among participating artists is a rising figure in Palestinian contemporary art and film, Khaled Jarrar; leading figures from Cairo’s internationally recognised street-art scene, Ganzeer and Ammar Abo Bakr; visual artists Hany Rashed, Jasmina Metwaly, Hamdy Reda and Ahmed Hefnawy; and the video-documentary collective Mosireen.

Including murals, installations, videos and posters – alongside public events, screenings and cinema – this exhibition bring art and politics from the revolutionary street to Helsinki. As part of Perpetuum Mobilε’s Re-Aligned Project, it seeks to generate public reflection on how newly rebellious movements intertwine with contemporary forms and genres of art.

Back to (The) Square 1 is constituted as an exhibition at Helsinki’s Forum Box Gallery (March 7 – March 30, 2014) accompanied by screenings in Andorra as well as in public space, and a performative event in Helsinki’s new transit artery, the Baana.

Back to (The) Square 1 is commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki and curated by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky of Perpetuum Mobilε as a part of the Re-Aligned Project ( It is produced in collaboration with Galleria Forum Box and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.

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