Haines Gallery has turned its back gallery into a temporary outpost for Nile Sunset Annex, an ambitious artist-run space operating in a flat in Cairo, Egypt.
Since its 2013 founding in a Cairo apartment by artists Taha Belal (b. 1984, Cairo, Egypt) and Jenifer Evans (b. 1982, Bristol, UK), Nile Sunset Annex has established an exhibition program that forms the basis for its own collection of contemporary art, which Belal and Evans call the only circulating collection of contemporary art in Egypt. Inspired in part by Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise, at Haines Gallery Nile Sunset Annex will present 1:5-scale versions of the works in their collection, featuring miniature replicas of works by artists such as Faten El Disouky, James Wright, Leah Rosenberg and Mahmoud Khaled, publications created alongside each exhibition, and postcards bearing images of the original, full-sized artworks. In addition, Nile Sunset Annex will curate a selection from their growing collection of Egyptian contemporary art ephemera, providing a visual overview into 30 years of exhibition making through posters and invitation cards. Finally, Belal and Evans will each present artworks of their own, as well a collaborative piece presented under the Nile Sunset Annex name, demonstrating the multitude of hats they wear—including exhibition maker, publisher, administrator, collector, artist, and archivist—in their DIY efforts to develop a creative platform within a changing local context.