The Other Side of the Giant Slab
Video installation, 2017.
Video projection on a concrete wall.
300 cm × 400 cm.
Abstract collage video, on HD TV screen.
Al Shazly’s installation reconsiders the notion of territory.
Featured in the exhibitions, solo exhibition at Alexandria Library, curated by Elizabeth Kwan, Manchester, 2018. SOMETHING ELSE, OFF Biennale Cairo, curated by Simon Njami, Cairo, 2018. Photo Cairo 6 , at Saad Zaghloul Culture Center, Cairo, February, 2017.
Installation view: Saad Zaghloul Culture Center, Cairo, March 2017.
What happens to people’s minds when you divide people with concrete?
An imaginary question ….
We used to hop from one settlement to another making an effort to never let our feet touch the ground in between.
Do you love rope jumping?
We also practice the mirror exercise.
At night …. We look deeply into our eyes and notice our image in the mirror looking back at us.
We say our names and appreciate ourselves.
In the morning we wait in lines at checkpoints and move along designated roadways.
They made roadways for us.
We walk looking towards the light, and suffer sharp pains which make us unable to see the realities.
Realities that we used to see clearly before.
Every vehicle passing by seems to us like an enemy that makes us breath out the breath we have been holding.
They promised us to build a big beautiful wall.
The wall that brings blessing.
We were very stupid and young.
Now we look again!
It may seem paradoxical.
Is what we used to see before an illusion?
We spend our life beyond the wall.
The wall that built up a fatal sense of insularity.
To access the symbolic rather than strategic.
More about prestige than security.