Manar and David are the creators of Sidewalk Salon Cairo. The book is the culmination of three years of joint effort in which each of them brought their particular set of skills to the project. While David has extensive experience in writing, publishing and editorial work, Manar is a designer and photographer who has worked on multiple projects on and rooted in Cairo.
Sidewalk Salon is coming to you from the makers of many other art books and art projects including:
Postales / Griiiingo / Flow Tropical
Manar Moursi’s work spans the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and art. In 2011, Manar founded Studio Meem (www.studiomeem.me) an interdisciplinary design studio based in Cairo. In 2014, in recognition of Manar’s architectural design work for Studio Meem, she received the ArcVision Women in Architecture Award. In addition to architecture, Studio Meem’s practice encompasses product design work. In 2012 Studio Meem’s inaugural product line Off the Gireed, inspired by everyday street objects in Cairo, was awarded a Red Dot and a Good Design Award. Further to design work, Manar has worked on multiple art projects, the latest being a series of public art installations titled the “Wonder Box”. Her latest photography exhibition was shown at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo. It traveled regionally as part of a group exhibition titled “Next to Here” - curated by Constanze Wicke.
Manar’s writings on urban issues have appeared in Thresholds, Lunch, Magaz and Al Masry El Yowm.
David Puig is a diplomat, translator and publisher from the Dominican Republic. He has worked in France, India and Egypt. In 2010, he launched Ediciones De a Poco, a publishing house focused on contemporary literature and art books from the Caribbean region. While in Delhi, he collaborated with Vislumbres, a literary magazine which brings together Latin American and Indian writers. His published translations to Spanish include the novel Les dollars des sables by Jean-Noel Pancrazi.
Visual identity and design of
Sidewalk Salon Cairo: Sandra Kassenaar
Web Design: Javier Reyes
Indiegogo campaign video: Aida El Kashef
Music for the Indiegogo campaign video: Aya Metwally