1 / 5       Sharm el Sheikh, Sinai, Jan 2015. Scenery of the sound and light show of the Thousand one nights. © Andrea & Magda.
2 / 5       Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai, July 2014. Outdoor shopping centre Il mercato, which reproduces the architecture of famous Italian buildings. © Andrea & Magda.
3 / 5       Taba, Sinai, July 2014. Al Farah sea side resort, unfinished and left abandoned since 2007. © Andrea & Magda.
4 / 5       Taba, Sinai, July 2014. Seaside resort left unfinished and abandoned. After Israel's withdrawal in 1982, Sinai's sea side with its coral reeves and underwater life, saw a real boost in the development of tourism by the Egyptians. But the 2011 revolution inflicted a shock in the local econonmy. © Andrea & Magda.
5 / 5       Sharm el Sheikh, March 2015. A group on quad bikes on an expedition in the desert. Such trips are included in the all inclusive package, sold by tour operators. The trip usually includes a camel ride and a Bedouin dinner with a belly dancer show. © Andrea & Magda.

Sinaï Park

Their work shows what remains of Egypt’s opening to western mass tourism and it is exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie from the 12th November.
Andrea & Magda’s Sinaï Park is a photographic project that shows the damage perpetrated on the Sinai Peninsula, a territory that has been overturned by the hanger of tourists and western capitals. It is a growing hanger that has brought to the built of hotels, resorts, restaurants and shopping malls in places that were once dominated by sand and sun and that have been suddenly brushed away by the Arab Springs. The following economic and social crisis has done the rest, leaving only the skeleton of the mirage of welfare and beauty in a place where a multitude of cathedrals has materialised in the desert. As the Franco-Italian duo explains, on the Huffington Post of the 10th of November, «We were fascinated by the beauty of the region and by its desolation; some kind of apocalyptic landscape where we walked past the remains of a place once crowded by masses of tourists. It is an immense non-place that resembles those described by the anthropologist Marc Augè».
This is the second chapter of an even bigger work that aims to map the contemporary Middle East (of which the first chapter is constituted by Palestinian Dream that can be found in our section Portfolio), Sinaï Park shows the consequences of a failed run towards a pre-packaged globalised model of tourism that is able to often generate richness but also guilty of the destruction of peculiarities and that threatens the very essence of the places where it grows. A work that looks at Egypt and at the Middle Eastern culture both to offer a new point of view on the so called Arab World – that image after image appears more multi-dimensional – and to open a bigger debate on globalisation and the positive and negative repercussions of the models that its hungry hand imposes on societies. All societies.
The exhibition appears on the program of the Première Biennale des photographes du monde arabe contemporain(Paris, November 11th, 2015 - January 17th, 2016), an initiative organised and promoted by the Institut du Monde Arabe and by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Sinaï Park
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5/7 rue de Fourcy - Paris (France)
12 November 2015 – 17 January 2016

opening times: from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am - 8 pm | Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed
admission fee: full price 8,00 € | reduced-price ticket 4,50 € | free entry on Wednesdays, from 5 pm to 8 pm
info: +33 (0)1 44787500
www.mep-fr.org


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[ INTERNAL RESOURCES ]
◉ [ portfolio ] Palestinian Dream by Andrea & Magda
◉ [ video ] Our Sinaï: an interview with Andrea & Magda

[ EXTERNAL RESOURCES ]
Andrea & Magda
Première Biennale des photographes du monde arabe contemporain
Maison Européenne de la Photographie

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