Gamal Abdel Nasser is my Uncle

2018

Installation, photography

Gamel Abdel Nasser is always there in my childhood memories, in a space on the wall reserved for him in the living room of every house. A memory of a distant, unknown uncle whose portrait is hung on the wall at my grandmother’s house. The disappearance today of these portraits from the walls made me look for them in other spaces, in houses and walls which exist in movies.
While reviewing Egyptian films, I started collecting screeenshots of Abdel Nasser’s portraits on walls in the scenes of those films. Gamal Abdel Nasser is my Uncle is a series of reproduced portraits of the Egyptian president which have been excerpted from popular Egyptian films, printed and framed according to the original frame and composition on the wall, to display a series of immortal portraits of the iconic figure.

Gamal Abdel Nasser is my Uncle