Artkhana is known as a community for artists of all forms; attracting those interested in drawing, sketching, photography, writing, and more. Their latest and biggest event was at the Greek Campus on July 14, where six different underground bands performed in front of a live audience. Walking amongst the ambient crowd and listening to the tasteful music, the audience was invited to take a look at the items for sale, including beautiful bookmarks, notebooks, and books.
Amongst all these things, one book in particular demanded attention. A thin A5-sized book with a black cover and only one word on its front: Exposures. The girl standing next to the stand explained the content, jokingly calling it the ‘Milk and Honey’ of Egypt, referring to the 2016 best-seller by Rupi Kaur involving anecdotes of love, hatred, achievement, and self-discovery.
We cannot rave enough about this little booklet. Consisting of no more than 50 pages, each page features beautiful photography taken by an Artkhana member; with photographs of urban life, photographs of people and nature, and everything in between. Pertaining to the name of the book, the photographs were taken with increased exposure time so, as the blurb says, “When the shutter is released, the photograph perfectly reflects the idea in the photographer’s mind.”
Along with each photograph is a little anecdote written by a brave soul who chose to bare their inner thoughts for all to see. Anecdotes about hope, adventure, loving one another, loving yourself, and so much more. The wonderful artists and authors of this book speak to themselves, to the reader, to their lovers, and to their ideologies. They promise to evolve, to fight, to be happy, to be brave -or sometimes they don’t promise anything at all.
They just vocalize their thoughts, their definitions of vulnerability, depression, freedom, efflorescence, atonement and oblivion. Every writer left their own unique mark. Every writer took the common words of the English language and turned it into a literary masterpiece. A true must-read.
The book is sold at Al Maqar Coworking Space, 17 Ibn Sina, Almazah, Heliopolis, Cairo (01007744121). You can also find it at any future Artkhana event.