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Asunción Molinos Gordo, Untitled 3 WAM (World Agriculture Museum) (detail), 2010, mixed-media. Installation view.

Asunción Molinos Gordo

Townhouse Gallery

Asunción Molinos Gordo, Untitled 3 WAM (World Agriculture Museum) (detail), 2010, mixed-media. Installation view.

Downtown Cairo is filled with decaying century-old early modern buildings, a testament to an era when the city aspired to be the Paris of the tropics, a desire shared by other municipalities from my own hometown, Rio de Janeiro, to Panama City. Abandoned by the city’s more affluent inhabitants, Cairo’s once impressive belle epoque and Art Deco buildings are today in a state of disintegration—modern ruins in the global periphery. Here, on the third floor of a building on Abdel Khaleq Tharwat Street not far from the now world-famous Tahrir Square, right below one of the city’s most important contemporary art spaces, the Contemporary Image Collective, was what seemed to be a satellite of Cairo’s Agricultural Museum, itself an institution in shambles. On the metal plaque outside the apartment, one read what was in fact the title of the 2010 installation by Cairo-based Spanish

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