Fear filled her heart as, gazing back, she saw ( A farewell to the monument)
1-channel video, HD video
commissioned by Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, 2013/14
‘Fear filled her heart as, gazing back she saw’ revisits allegoric depictions of European nations embodied by female figures such as Germania, Marianne or Europa herself. Their symbolic postures are re-enacted by a group of Cairo-based dancers. Through improvisational appropriations they are trying to utilize their bodies as archaeological instruments, tracing both the corporeal and conceptual, utopian and violent origins of these imagined communities as well as the emancipatory potential of the allegoric depiction itself, which in its ambiguity defies monumental models and master narratives of European identity constructions.
Excerpt (3:00 min)