[concertina postcards, pedestals in iron, pigment print on Hahnemuhle paper, 110 x 50 x 90 cm]
Fortepiano | Soundtrack under Tahrir Square is an installation composed of a concertina postcard with 30 self-portraits realised during my residency at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo on May-June 2012.
During six weeks, I took a picture of myself before to exit from my apartment: I was using this act to react to the constraints lived as woman, in the public spaces, I was always followed and approached by men. Furthermore, at that time, Egypt was expecting the first elections after 30 years of Mubarak’s dictatorship. Each day of the month that preceded the elections, Tahrir square was animated by incredible masses of hundreds of people, screaming slogans. I was used to record them from my terrace, nearby the square. The skyline sustained by three wrought-iron pedestals took inspiration from the digital path of one of the those audio recordings.
I realised this work after 4 years, the distance from the specificity of that place and time allowed me to reflect on how we live a common event personally, tackling the border between personal and collective experience from a comprehensive perspective.
The pictures had been taken during the residency at the Townhouse Gallery (2012), thanks to the RESÒ program – International Network for Artist residency and Educational Programmes / Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea-Crt
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