Giza Zoo

Production country: 
eg
Year: 
2010
Duration: 
6 min.
Format: 
film/video
Solmaz Shahbazi. Giza Zoo
Solmaz Shahbazi. Giza Zoo

A near-documentary take of the Giza Zoo, opened to the public in 1891. An early jewel of modernization in Egypt's capital city, the zoo marks a nostalgic last vestige of the agricultural hinterlands that once surrounded Cairo. The transformation of public space, the politics that willed the rise, fall and formation of new social classes, encapsulated by this particular site, are presented in carefully selected sequences and a soundtrack emulating the image, completing the viewer's fictitious  – or rather imaginary –  of the Giza Zoo.

 

(Image: Solmaz Shahbazi. Giza Zoo)

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