public art performance, 2016
Can art, in fact, mobilise change? And should we be expecting this from art in the first place? Today, much of the Arab world finds itself under more aggressive suppression where artistic expression has become a liability. Under authoritarian rule and a complete elimination of the public realm, what alternatives do citizens have to express opposition? How can they use their bodies in everyday acts of protest?
Mixed Media: Photography, Text, Projection, 2016
The Earth is an Imperfect Ellipsoid” is a land surveillance project that utilizes Al-Bakri’s “Kitab al-Masalik wal-Mamalik” (Book of Roads and Kingdoms), an eleventh-century geography text based on accounts of merchants, geologists and adventurers describing major trade routes in the Islamic empire and converges it with the narratives of contemporary migration.
Subversive Media, 2015
In July 2015 “The Arabian Street Artists” engineered a graffiti media hack by incorporating subversive graffiti on the set of the popular US TV series ‘Homeland’. Their filmic commentary ‘Homeland is Not a Series’, produced by Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), explores dialogues following the worldwide resonance of the critique that motivated the hack.
Art Collective, 2015 –
The Black Athena Collective is a research and artistic laboratory for experimentation that engages political discourse and territorial logics connected to the Red Sea region from Eritrea to Egypt. It looks specifically at archival documents and a re-writing of historical narratives on the various frameworks of space in relation to errant bodies in the region.
found footage, 6.43 min, 2016
In late 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork suspected of espionage due to an electronic device attached to its leg. “As Birds Flying” confronts the absurdity of the media narrative in Egypt that has turned a bird into a symbol of state paranoia.
film installation/archive, 2011-ongoing
Project Speak2Tweet is a growing archive of experimental films that utilizes Speak2Tweet messages prior to the fall of the Mubarak regime on February 11, 2011 and juxtaposes them with the abandoned structures that represent the long-lasting effects of a corrupt dictatorship…
pen and paper, 2008-ongoing
Series of ink drawings.