The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) invites young visual artists from Denmark and Egypt to participate in DEDI Symposium 2021 under the theme of “After Confinement”.
First part of the Symposium takes place in Copenhagen and Hanstholm 3-13 September. It begins in Copenhagen with a two-day program of special guided visits to museums and art spaces, offering introductions to the contemporary art scenes. A five-day workshop follows, taking place in the North Atlantic Lighthouse in Hanstholm in the north-western seaside of Denmark. Back in Copenhagen after the workshop, the Egyptian participants will have another two days to explore the city on their own.
Second part of the Symposium takes place in Cairo and Aswan 5-15 November. It begins in Cairo with a two-day program of special guided visits to museums and art spaces, offering introductions to the contemporary art scenes. A five-day workshop will follow, taking place in the Eco Lodge in Aswan in southern Egypt. Back in Cairo after the workshop, the Danish participants will have another two days to explore the city on their own.
By bringing young Egyptian and Danish visual artists together, DEDI wishes to set dialogue about contemporary visual arts in motion. The theme of the Symposium, “After Confinement”, has been chosen in order to encourage collective reflections on the perspectives arising anew after the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, DEDI wishes to offer a space where the creative process of the participants can be inspired and enriched by the exchanging of professional experiences, artistic visions and ideas as well as the place, local atmosphere and environment.
The Symposium will be documented in a publication, presenting the projects of the participants and relaying their experience.
The Symposium 2021 will have eight participants, four from each country, selected by a professional curatorial team with a Danish and an Egyptian curator.
Criteria of selection
- Below 35 years and good command of English
- Documented professional career (exhibitions, recognition, prizes etc.) of minimum three years.
- The artistic project that you want to work with/on in Denmark and Egypt and that you will present at the Symposium.
- Motivation to participate and to share professional experience and contribute to mutual inspiration and dialogue.
- Special interest in the Egyptian/Danish contemporary art
April 14 Deadline for applications
April 27 Selected artists notified by email
September 3-13 Symposium I in Denmark
November 5-15 Symposium II in Egypt
Air ticket, transportation, full accommodation and other expenses related to the program is paid by DEDI.
Production expenses up to 5000,00 DKK could be reimbursed.
Due to COVID-19, we risk that the Symposium in Denmark might be postponed. We anticipate that the Egyptian participants will have to depart from Egypt on Monday August 30 and stay in quarantine for four days. Prior to departure, you should have a negative test, upon arrival to Copenhagen Airport you will be tested and then again after four days. During quarantine, you’ll be hosted in a nice place outside Copenhagen.
For questions, please contact project officer Marwa Seoudi (firstname.lastname@example.org)