This lecture-performance converges historical accounts, biblical prophecies, colonial narratives, and politics of surveillance to investigate the contemporary conditions of a state paranoia that turned a migrating bird into an international spy.
2016, Mixed Media: Photography, Text, Video, Iron Sculpture
An Astronomical Determination of the Distance Between Two Cities examines the structural remnants of a Saharan ghost town through the found memoir of Jesús Flores Thies, the last living inhabitant from 1933.
public art performance, 2016
This project asks if artivism is worth pursuing as a mechanism or is it just a tool that uses media to heighten the public’s consciousness? Should we be seeking a ‘revolutionary’ aesthetic?
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” (The Book of Roads and Kingdoms), an eleventh-century Arabic geography text describing major trade routes in West Africa under the Islamic Empire and converges it with contemporary migratory paths.
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…