Places were the original theme of this work, personal vision on/of places that, surrounding the artist, guide each other to places, enriched by the power of narration. The artist took a tour into places she chose based on different motives, and that opened up to her based on the evocative force of certain places. Through this tour she discovered a lot, not only about the places, but more about herself and the way those places touched her. The artist has always been interested in this intangible, sensory relationship we have with places, and the fact that every place has its own element to convey their invisible sensations to us. The artist decided to go on a journey towards places, new and old, she had feelings about beyond their normal appearance. As the artist was always fascinated by the power of narration, the kind that articulates a beyond feeling not a story, she wrote the text and asked a reader to voiceover the whole video as an invisible witness for the entire journey, just as she felt herself in all the places like a third-party through the screen of her smartphone, capturing those scenes of the places she chose so as to indicate the way she received them. Shooting the scenes and recording the audio, again with her smartphone, was more intimate for her than using high-tech equipment for the same purpose; this intimacy was obvious in the rather shaky movement in the video image and the tele-present voice of the reader.
Eman Hamdy, born in 1986, is an Egyptian artist, based in Alexandria. She studied art at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University and graduated in 2010. She currently works as a teaching assistant in the faculty of fine arts, Alexandria University. Hamdy participated in the MASS Alexandria study program 2010 – 2012, and assisted in its coordination. Her work is concerned with the exploration of moments of human vulnerability that examine identity.