I have always been an ardent admirer of the Egyptian cultural heritage in all its forms enriched as they are by symbols, visual signs, and popular ritualistic performances stemming from a tradition that goes back to ancient times.
With each new foray into a new artistic project, I conjure up a saying which conveys special meaning for me:"I am an Egyptian". This phrase pervades my consciousness with all its psychological, moral, and behavioral associations which have collectively formed the uniquely Egyptian character across time and space. These traits stand apart from the mores and centralities/core of the 'other'. In this same character, all beliefs and allegiances have dissolved, allowing it to retain its independence and exceptionality from any other school of thought.
As a result of being born and raised in one of the districts of Old Cairo, I was given the opportunity to observe, first-hand and at an intensely sensory level, the countless festive occasions and ritualistic performances, both visual and oral, passed down from one generation to another, representing a folkloric tradition, accumulated over the ages, that fuses reality with the unknown.
From this perspective, I have from the outset laid out for myself a philosophical and aesthetic frame of reference dependent on the ingenuity of the Egyptian legacy which serves as a source of inspiration and a medium of expression. Through this frame, the names of the various artistic projects which I have presented sprang from distinctly Egyptian beliefs such as:'On the Periphery of Consciousness', 'In the Collective Consciousness of a Popular Egyptian District', and 'Al Zar'. These collections conveyed the myriad existential relationships through a visual representation that departs from recorded narratives by merging visual imagery with the aesthetics of complementary relationships such as that between the folkloric legacy and the continuity of the Ancient Egyptian cultural traditions. This is accomplished by means of the folkloric narrative through which the artistic vision reveals the nuances conveyed by these signs, narratives, texts, components, and human forms in their expressive modes.
In this showing, my selection focuses on the existential dualism in the popular consciousness between man and woman which is characterized by a plethora of vivid love-related images - passionate love, heroism, sacrifice, fidelity, making choices, hopes, and dreams. This eternal dualism features narratives and boundaries that shape its image in the popular consciousness in a manner that is different from any other representation. The final outcome of this relationship is a visual and interpretative equivalent, one that is written down, narrated, and imagined, portraying the existential relationship between man and the university, the unknown and reality, the self and the other.
Out of this interpretative blueprint, a wealth of symbols and signs associated with the human condition has emerged, articulated and valued by the Egyptian people since the dawn of time, giving rise to a richly woven cultural and philosophical schema.