RijksakademieLIVE #3 presented 'Moving Gods Aside' and took place on October 18, 2011
RijksakademieLIVE #3 'Moving Gods Aside' took as its starting point the move of the Ramses II statue away from Ramses Square in downtown Cairo. In 2007 the large sculpture of Ramses II, the third king of the 19th dynasty and ruled Egypt from 1304 to 1237 BC, was relocated from the Ramses Square to the new Egyptian Museum. This was documented by two artists: Susanne Kriemann (°1972, Rijksakademie resident in 2004-2005), and David G. Tretiakoff (°1970).
The evening consisted of the presentation of the works on the replacement of the statue by the two artists. Afterwards Philippe Pirotte moderated a conversation with both artists and Egyptian resident artist Ayman Ramadan on this event and on the question in how far the events happening on the streets during that moving were a premonition for what happened at Tahrir Square earlier this year.
German artist Susanne Kriemann collaborated with Cairo based designers File Club, creating a fake newspaper entitled The Future – Ramses Files. The images she selected for her fake newspaper are also at the basis of a 4-channel slide-show installation called Ramses Files that will be shown in the Rijksakademie.
A God Passing (2007) by David G. Tretiakoff, documents the remarkable picture that unfolded in the streets of Cairo when the huge granite statue of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh finally was moved overnight. Tretiakoff combines his own images with footage taken from Egyptian television, subtly shifting between official reporting and ‘creative participation’.