Jewel

2010, 35mm film transferred to full HD video, 6 min 30 sec

Against a pitch-black background, dots of blue light follow the shifting music, gradually taking the form of a fish with swaying fins. As the camera slowly pulls back, they transform again, this time into a design printed on a loudspeaker. Two men, one dressed in casual clothing, the other dressed in a suit, surround the loudspeaker, their bodies wriggling with excitement. This enigmatic imagery is a reimaging of a scene that the artist, hurrying home in a taxi, happened to catch on a Cairo street corner in years’ past. 

Photo courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

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