Koshary min Zamman

Ayman Ramadan, Koshary min Zamman, 2006, installation
Courtesy the artist and Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

Koshary min Zamman

Artist: Ayman Ramadan

Koshary Min Zamman, 2008
Framed photographs, stickers, and plastic containters
Courtesy Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

Ayman Ramadan’s installation features stacks of disposable bowls emblazoned with a fictitious restaurant logo and photographs capturing international political figures eating koshary—a staple carbohydrate meal of the working class in Egypt—and refers to the unique social spaces of koshary shops that can be found in the lanes near the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. His photographs both recall a popular practice among shopkeepers to display images of celebrities visiting their shops as well as evoke criticism on the short-lived peace negotiations that, like koshary, satiate the appetite very quickly and give a temporary feeling of self-satisfaction and contentment.