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ABOVE IMAGE : The Echo, - In 1968 Abdel Rahman El Sharkawi wrote a novel entitled ‘ElArd/ ;The Earth‘. It discussed the Egyptian struggle against the British Occupation at a time where the World was suffering from the economic depression, specifically, year 1933. In 1969, Youssef Shahine took the novel and turned it into a movie, keeping the same title, ‘El Ard.’ The main character of the movie is Abou Swelam and the role is played by Egyptian outstanding actor, Mahmoud El Meligui. - One of the most important sequences of the Movie takes place in a village house in which the male villagers are gathered. In that sequence Abou Swelem expresses his frustration at noticing the Egyptian people's attitude, and how passive they have become.

This 4mn 29sec monologue is the center piece of the movie and until today, the impact it left in the memory of All Arabs and Egyptians is alive, it moved the populations for it very accurately reflected the state of society at that time. - In year 2003, I took a video of Chirine el Ansary, Egyptian storyteller. She is standing in the middle of a Down Town Cairo coffee shop and is repeating the monologue as it was in the movie, but on the spur of the moment. - In The Echo, the two sequences are taken and projected in front of one another, echoing each other, thus pointing at the stagnant political and social situation of the last 70 years. Nothing has changed, what could be said in 1933 and 1968, remains valid in 2003. - RIGHT IMAGE - The Water - A video is projected in a dark room. The floor is isolated and turned into a pond of water. The video shows different portraits relected onto a puddle. The constantly moving nature of water makes the image unstable, showing the insecurity of human beings. Nevertheless, as soon as the image seems to stablize, it is broken by an unknown foot brutally stepping over the face. The viewer who enters the room steps on the water, where his own face and the faces of the other viewers are reflected, thus repeating the action of the video.

LEFT IMAGE - Tabla, ( Venice Biennale Venice, Italy. 2003 ) is inspired by the saying, empty vessels give a louder sound, which is illustrated in the Kalila Wa D/mna*story: The Fox and The Drum. - A fox hears a strange and very loud sound coming from a drum hanging on a tree. The branches of the tree, moved by the wind, hit the drum and make that noise. Amazed by the size of the drum and the power of the sound, the fox jumps on the drum thinking that it would be as full of flesh, as it is big and loud. The drum falls, breaks; it is empty and fragile. Disappointed, the fox then realises that the lowest, ugliest and shallowest of things are precisely those that make the loudest sounds... Tabla is composed of a video of a beautiful encrusted tabla held by a tabla player of whom you can only see the hands. The percussionist holds the instrument between his legs in a very sensual way, as if holding a woman's body. He plays different rhythms, expressing different moods and emotions; anger, love, war, spirituality, .... In front of the screen, on the floor, hundreds of raw Nile-mud tablas of different sizes, are randomly disposed.

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