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Sarah Rifky: Different Accounts
Different Accounts
(p. 102 – 106)

Sarah Rifky

Different Accounts

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  • contemporary art
  • capitalism
  • identity
  • urbanism
  • politics
  • migration
  • queerness
  • digital culture
  • gender
  • queer theory

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Sarah Rifky

is a writer and curator based in Cairo where she co-founded the art space Beirut whose programme reflects upon the production, establishment and conception of institutions as a curatorial and political act. Rifky initiated CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Art) and, from 2009 to 2011, she was curator at Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cairo. Furthermore, Rifky worked as Curatorial Agent of ddocumenta 13 in Kassel, Germany and in 2010 taught as Adjunct Professor of Art History and Theory at the American University in Cairo. Together with Wael Shawky she has co-managed MASS Alexandria, an independent study programme, for young artists in Egypt.
Other texts by Sarah Rifky for DIAPHANES
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Fragile Identities

What is the current state of the subject and what about the status of its self-image? In contemporary discourses we encounter more and more “fragile identities,” in artistic works as well as in scientific theories, and those are today much less referring to a critique of the concept of identity, but much rather to the relationship those concepts of identity entertain with the overall precarious state of the subject in current social conditions that are characterized by political upheaval and change.
The book Fragile Identities investigates among other things the chances and also the possible endangerments of such a fragile self and asks for the resurging urgency of a contemporary concept of subjectivity. The publication combines international artistic and scholarly contributions, discussions and project documentations in relation to the second annual theme of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.