The layers of history embedded in the city of Cairo are themes in the work ‘Ramses Files’ (2006), produced by Susanne Kriemann after a residency in Cairo in 2006. In the 4-channel-slide-installation Kriemann shows the transformations of the megalopolis through a collection of archival images mixed with recent images of the pharaonic statue of Ramses II and its surroundings from the 1950s till today. In the Nasser era the Ramses II statue symbolized the roots of the Egyptian nation and was set in front of Cairo’s central station where it stayed until, in 2006, it was moved due to preservation issues. In Kriemann’s work, the statue represents a sort of paradigm that remains immutable over the years, in contrast to the ever-changing city and its inhabitants. The images are from various newspaper and private archives.
- Tea with Nefertiti, 2014 Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München
- Tea with Nefertiti, 2013 Museum of Contemporary Art Valencia
- Tea with Nefertiti, 2013 Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
- Tea with Nefertiti, 2012 Mathaf, Doha/Qatar
- the archeologists, 2009 Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Frankfurt/M Curated by: Dieter Roelstraete
- Cairoscope, 2008 Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin Curated by: M. Sorbello & A. Weitzel
- Downloads from the Future, 2006 Kunsthalle Winterthur Curated by: Oliver Kielmayer