By Those Who Are Present
The images reveal the space as an actor, one that haunts, a being with which you form an association of aversion and of refuge. You forget that the space is one with its subjects and what they choose to do with it. The space then can be negative, submissive to the aesthetic imposed on it.
The space hides vaults of memory. Pockets with superfluous consoles and side tables are transformed into shrines; doilies and golden frames are left behind to commemorate a loss one would rather not acknowledge. Others reserve the right to express emotions through the space they share with you.
The space is marked by those who are (heavily) present, by anxiety toward the inevitability of their loss, and by the daily pleasantries indicative of larger dynamics.
There are no borders between the space and its inhabitants. Landscapes of comfort stretch across all surfaces that imply remembrance.
Assem Hendawi, Maged Abou El-Dahab and Osama El Wardani are three photographers in their mid twenties embarking on a self-reflexive attempt to tame anxiety and fear. In this exhibition, they take us through photographs of their personal spaces and deeply private memories, giving us, perhaps, too much power
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