“Propaganda by Monuments,” 2011. Exhibition view at Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo. Courtesy CIC
The Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) is an independent, nonprofit art initiative founded in Cairo in 2004. CIC’s mission spans contemporary art and educational programming that responds to and develops artistic practice, engagement, and discourse.
Since its founding—by a group of artists and photographers who today make up its Board of Trustees—CIC has had a special interest in the many roles of the photographic image at large. Through the CIC Photoschool, we provide courses, workshops, and technical and professional facilities, aimed at sustaining expansive and critical engagement with this form, both digitally and in analog.
Contemporary art programming at CIC aims to produce critical contexts for a range of practices via a constellation of exhibitions, residencies, special projects, discursive events, publications, and educational activities. We consider the artistic and curatorial practices we work with to be operating within and addressing both local and international contexts and debates.
Through the Photoschool and CIC’s broader contemporary art programming, the initiative’s mission continues to evolve from an interest in the multifarious modes of image production and consumption, contemporary and historical, which arise from within and without art practices, to the ways in which they reflect and respond to the present.