Ibrahim Ahmed — Artist

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born 2014

Black outs are a frequent occurrence in modern day Egypt. Candles are burned to create light. Over a period of time the remnants of candles piling up resembled dilapidated and dysfunctional structures. The loss of electricity and the image of people substituting that loss created a metaphor for colonial legacies that produce new modes of hierarchical power dynamics. These structures symbolized mutated forms of power mirroring and imitating old social constructs of colonialism, revealing that in the absence of colonial administrations, people generate their own. In this body of work, sculptures of candelabras and chandeliers are created out of found objects and materials from local spaces resembling Baroque design. This style of decor is used to invoke the imagery of European decadence at the height of European conquest. This series seeks to recognize the cyclical nature of power that occurs at the expense of the “lesser people” they create.