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City,Entrapped

Amina Kadous | Egypt

Inside an Old house in Sabtia, The photo of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ displayed so that it looks as though Jesus is blessing all the family photos. Such religious icons work to provide peace and safety to the owners of the house.

Cairo, a city that is always in constant change and transitional moments, yet to say it’s still the same. A city trapped in its own past and stretching to an unknown future. Icons or hanging public figure portraits exists everywhere and they are placed and symbolized in all places holding certain meanings and references by people, yet the question is: why do old iconic figures exist in such abundance in those areas portrayed? Is it fearing the present? Resisting the future, or questioning the past? Or do such icons represent certain ideologies that they still hold on to till now?Such icons only exist and such areas exist in the deeper parts of old Cairo, people live encapsulated and isolated than the greater city, thus making the city entrapped.

Part of Cariene and arabic culture is to look up to, respect and glorify public icons and elderly figures, a concept rooted in our traditions and ethics. Being attached and representing figures and putting halos against some people. Cairo, a city of icons that is itself iconic, endlessly in flux and endlessly in chaos.

I search for what has gone and what has yet to come; what is hidden, what is missing and what has been lost. Linking the past and present through the layering of time as it folds like a discarded envelope into multidimensional forms, I seek in time’s history a means for understanding who I am as a person. I am in constant motion as my memories race against and with my present. The chiaroscuro of life shapes the contours, the edges of my experience creating balance as the contrasts catch light’s reflections, highlighting moments of transformation. Anchored in memory, these moments are re-presented in my work in the immediacy of the present and as momentary glimpses into possible futures.

Line, color, shape and form are elements and principles I use to portray myself,to capture moments of living.

The use of mixed media, the exploration of varying mediums and materials are a continuous form of discovery. I try to unlock and explore the possibilities of life through these journeys of awakenings.

Besides being an artist,I see myself more of an explorer of materials, ideas, meanings and the hidden ambiguous parts of life that I have not yet lived. For me, there is beauty in disorder, a disorder reflected through my state of abstraction.
The force that keeps the energy flowing within me begins with each new day, each new sunrise and the explorations as the light traverses the sky revealing and filling life with new shapes, new lines, colors and expressions that are molded, formed and created by the elements and interpretation of the viewer.

Curiosity drives me. My art is always in flux and unconfined to one medium, one form, one single unchanging reality grounded and driven by experience as a woman and an Egyptian. That is my signature: my work, like time, evolves…

Webiste : www.aminakadous.com

instagram: @amina.kadous

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Phone: +201227878191

Amina Kadous (1991-) is a visual artist currently exploring concepts of memory. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1991. she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. She believes in the ephemerality of experience. “Nothing lasts. Documentation of experiences, of the objects and moments of the physical world only lasts when it is passed on.” She believes a Photograph is anobjectthat holds memories and meanings, keepsakes that give life. Photography as an art has been a medium allowing her to treasure, hold and bless the past she has not lived but only through the stories and eyes of those who have narrated it. Her work is a linkage between the past and present through the layers of time as they fold and unfold. The exploration of time serves, for her, as a means for understanding who she is as a person. Characterizing herself as an explorer of ideas, she is driven by the spirit of inquiry as she seeks to comprehend the meanings and hidden ambiguities of lives, not her own, through the interactive nature of viewer, photographer, object and environment. She is driven by experience as a woman and an Egyptian. That is hersignature:her work, like time, evolves…

Her work has been exhibited in London, Boston, Paris and Mali. She recently exhibited as part of thePhotography Biennale of the contemporary Arab world at the Cite Des Arts in Paris. In addition to participating inat the 12th edition of the Bamako Biennale of Photography and being awarded theCentre Soleil d’Afrique Prize for her project, “A crack in the Memory of My Memory”.

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