The Green, the Street and the Scent of Life

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Plants had an existential importance for our ancestors. Where plants grew, there was water and life. Even though today we no longer depend on finding water with the help of plants, this original meaning has remained in us. Fascinated by the avenues in the streets of Cairo, the plants and small trees along or in front of houses, I photographed the gardens of Cairo’s street over a long period of time. This exudes an intimacy and combines different levels: the past, the present and the feeling of the people who live and work in the city. My observations flow into my work with installation, drawing, painting, photography and video. The photographs show the gardens of the street in Cairo. Observations, pictorial elements from the photo galleries flow into the paintings, which leave a lot of space for the light. The video “Scent of Life” combines two levels and cultural habitats. A maple tree filmed during the different seasons represents the German cultural space. By superimposing still images of the gardens on the street and young people from Cairo, I refer to the other cultural space. In cooperation with pupils of the German School of the Borromean Sisters, the installation with the painted pots with plants outside the gallery was made possible and the dialogue between outside – the living space and inside – the art space was offered. (Text by Barbara Armbruster)

Safar Khan Gallery

Green #76, 2010 Farbfotografie, 60 x 90 cm
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Untitled, 2010 ink, gouache, pencil on handmade paper, 100 x 150 cm
Green #65, 2010 Farbfotografie, 60 x 90 cm
Untitled, 2010 ink, pencil on handmade paper, 56 x 76 cm
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Fountain, 2010 oil and mixed media on canvas, 24 x 30 cm
Fresh Breeze, 2010 oil and mixed media on canvas, 24 x 30 cm
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