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  ABU MAHARAQ / DESERT WASHING  (video 9'22'' / October 2012)

The works ABU MAHARAQ/ DESERT WASHING, BURULLUS, AL BURJ/ PLANTING, MEHWAR AL MONIP/ CAMEL TRAVEL, CHAMPOLLION/ WHITE PIGEONS, were made for an exhibition in Gezira Art Centre in Cairo. Men and women in Eygpt are often valued and treated very unequally. To oppose the common behaviour towards women the primary concern for this exhibition was, amongst others, the appreciation and accentuation of female dignity and feminity. This happened for example by simply exchanging the usual role allucations.

The first joint work  in the dunes of the Sahara. The desert area is called Abu Maharaq.
In Egypt the washing of feet has a long tradition but the woman washes the feet of the man.
Reversing these roles and washing with desert sand from this terrific landscape, exhibits an accentuation and a special appreciation of womankind.
Womens´s hair, having an erotic connotation, plays a prominent role in the monotheistic cultures.
For centuries now the washing of feet has also been a subject in Christian religious art.


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