“Untitled” Installation, Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah Art Museum 2016
South South 2016
Following up on my previous series of works Ard El Lewa, this work builds on Cairo’s most common construction material, bricks. Each brick is comprised of approximately 100 layers of textiles from around the world, particularly the global south, available in local markets. Bricks are the fundamental building units of Cairo’s, and Ard El Lewa’s, architecture, it is also a global building material that is transnational and omnipresent. Each unique piece is created through a production process that involves local laborers as well as refugees in Ard El Lewa, thus the works emerge from the area’s south-south cosmopolitanism, national uncertainty and marginality both in terms of social class and national belonging. The tension between the appearance of hardness, associated with bricks, and their materiality, compiled layers of textile, challenge accepted notions of perception and reality. Each sculpture holds its own aesthetic characteristics revealing different pieces of the many components that create its solidity, yet presented together, the work displays commonalities and similarities as they are formed from the same strands. Fragments of numerous cultures create seemingly individual units with more in common than meets the eye.