About El Dokan
El Dokan :
El Dokan, which translates to The Shop in English, serves as a place in which art and society interact. The little shop opens up into the city and it uses streets as an untraditional place to develop society through art.
El Dokkan is located in a vital commercial quarter in the heart of Alexandria, filled with the history and culture of the Egyptian-Med community. This quarter, Elmansheya, traditionally does not have public spaces that display art or artistic production. Through its shop-like atmosphere, El Dokkan attempts to utilize the area’s consumerist nature in order to better reach its audience and introduce the community to various cultural and artistic ideas. In doing so, the shop tries to promote contact with Egyptian, Arab and international artistic trends.
We hope, through this new space, to create a stronger link between members of society and art, in addition to giving artists more opportunities to display their work in an nontraditional environment.
El-Dokan works based on two main concepts:
- Artistic performance
- Displaying artistic products for sale
El-Dokan was opened in June 2008, with an exhibition for “Madad- the Movement of Artists for Social Peace”. 50 artists from all over the world participated. That was the second exhibition of “Madad”; the first one was held in Vermont, USA. In July, a musical workshop “One Language = Music” was held in El-Dokkan with the participation of several young musicians from different parts of the world.
Towards the end of 2008, Gudran formed successful partnerships with funding foundations to finance two projects – of “The Café” and “El-Dokan”. This financial investment will guarantee the continued influence of these public spaces in society; building on the current foundations that El Dokkan has established in terms of fostering social acceptance and motivating the artists to work in the street.