CAIRO HABIBIs +
Who seems like a glimpse of all that is familiar yet you never knew
There is a beauty that never fades.
Hala and Leïla, 2010
Who reminds you of the family tree you lost
Sometimes exile is something you inherit.
It all started with the will to transform departure into something playfully documentary.
Having lived in Egypt for five years in a row, I knew the country and how wonderfully kitsh it could be. I began taking staged portraits of the few people who paved the way to my life in Cairo. The exhibition was to disappear. I had made a unique copy of each portrait, everything was to remain in Egypt, as if leaving meant alo leaving a piece of me behind.
The series follow a chronological order with three main periods represented by colors. Loving Denial then Passion and Aftermath.
Short captions come as stories to give a glimpse of each character’s world.
The series is printed on canvas sheet (bâche), a plastic material often used to carry aliments in Egypt, and then simply displayed on wooden frames (chassis). On such a material, image is bond to disappear after a while. Each portrait is shown alongside an object present in the picture.