An ordinary room in Cairo. A man, now alone. An assemblage of household objects that aren’t so inanimate.
The objects we own hold the secrets to our lives. Perhaps it’s because in owning them, they come to own us, observing our goings-on even as we remain oblivious to their experiences. Between Elliott Colla’s poetic prose and Ganzeer’s animated imagery, a quiet room becomes a noisy place. Not just the backdrop to a small human breakup, but an even larger drama of traumatized cotton, proud mirrors, and trembling glasses. We Are All Things invites us to imagine the relationships that catch humans and objects together in a tangle of love, longing and the nature of existence.
Equal parts Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Yahyā al-Tāhir ‘Abdallah, We Are All Things is the first collaboration between Ganzeer and Elliott Colla.
About the Author
Elliott Colla teaches Arabic literature at Georgetown University. His first book, Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity, explores the colonial roots of modern Egyptology and the ways modern Egyptians have viewed the Pharaonic past. His current academic projects focus on protest cultures in contemporary Egypt.
Find more of his work at elliottcolla.com.
About the Artist
Ganzeer operates seamlessly between art, design, and storytelling, creating what he has coined Concept Pop. With over forty exhibitions to his name, Ganzeer’s work has been seen in a wide variety of art galleries, impromptu spaces, alleyways, and major museums around the world, such as The Brooklyn Museum in New York, The Palace of the Arts in Cairo, Greek State Museum in Thessaloniki, and more.
Find more of his work at ganzeer.com.
Publication is set for February 25, 2020. To order review copies, contact Sarah Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.