Artist Statement

    My immigration from Egypt to the United States has impacted my understanding of my heritage and cultural context. Religious, political, cultural, and racial misconceptions are perpetuated in my culture generationally. Seems to me, most if not all societies are exploited by excessive political propaganda, and hyperbole, whether through media or false idealistic facts embedded within the culture. Furthermore, this has led to xenophobia and other exploitations of foreign societal or cultural believes within societies. Metaphorically speaking; I would represent my heritage culture as a box, anyone who crosses the boundary of conventionality will be labeled deviant. Where I least expected it, I found similar misconceptions in the first world country I moved to. I concluded that the only difference between one culture to another is how much bigger the size of that metaphorical box is.

     In my work, I focus on bringing my own experience of a different culture and exposure into a Western environment. I highlight specific misconceptions and issues from Middle Eastern or Western cultures, contrast and analyze both together to draw attention to political, cultural and societal dissidence. Such processes result in an overlap of mirroring issues between these different societies.



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