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I give birth to light, and the light eats me.
And I melt into a tunnel of endless darkness.
Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy sadly passed away on Sunday, 19 August 2012, at the age of 38 after a long battle with leukemia. In her short life she created art works that engaged, challenged and inspired audiences in Egypt and in many other places around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sharjah to Sydney, from Chicago to Dakar, from Beirut to Singapore...
We first met Amal Kenawy in 2004 during the Frozen Memory a video installation in 2 rooms, created in 2003 together with her brother Abd El Ghany Kenawy. In 2006, we invited her to participate in the exhibition Nafas, that we curated for the ifa-Galleries in Berlin and Stuttgart, showing her video of animated drawings The Purple Artificial Forest. Since then, we have followed her work, featuring several pieces in Universes in Universe and Nafas, among others, her remarkable installation Non Stop Conversation at the Silence of the Lambs, currently on view at the Mori Art Musem in Tokyo, which recorded her performance with 20 people crawling in procession on a Cairo street in 2009.
To honor Amal Kenawy's memory, we have compiled here some of these featured works:
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The quote above is from a poem that Amal wrote for The Purple Artificial Forest published in the catalogue of the Nafas exhibition, and part of a Text by Anne Maier.
The Destruction Machine
By Simon Njami. Nafas Art Magazine, May 2006.
Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt
Publishers of Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art and of Nafas Art Magazine. Based in Berlin, Germany.