SIDEWALK SALON CAIRO

Sidewalk Salon:1001 Street Chairs of Cairo co-published by Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and Kotob Khan (Cairo),  is an intimate portrait of the capital of Egypt seen from its sidewalk street chairs and the thousands of people who occupy them. These far from perfect, used chairs, which populate Cairo’s sidewalks, speak of the city from below. Acting at times as zoom and as wide-angle lenses, the street chairs are used in this book as tools to explore intimate details and collective aspects of the city. If strictly speaking Sidewalk Salon is a photographic documentation of original chairs from the streets of Cairo, in a larger sense it deals with the material and human dimensions of a layer of the city.  Combining Polaroid photography and texts in English and Arabic, this book presents creative practices of design that occur on the sidewalk along with the unplanned interventions in the public space that give Cairo its distinctive character.

"This book is a collective moment of a much-needed stillness from a nation that has been in perpetual motion." Basma Hamdy

 

 “A unique and alternative lens through which to explore Cairo.” 

Jack Shenker

“Sidewalk Salon presents fragments of life through one of Cairo's most ubiquitous, inanimate objects.” Mohamed El Shahed

“Sidewalk Salon is evidence that the streets, at least, are still in the hands of the people.” 

Yasmin Elayat

“An outstanding documentation of

everyday ingenuity.” 

Lydia Kallipoliti

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