RESIDUAL IMPRESSIONS | Umm El Fahm Gallery | 2022
The video I-ME deals with the social anxiety of “I.” It manages her life, accompanying it with continual fear of connecting with people and tumbling into situations of embarrassment or rejection. Uncontrollable sobbing, blushing, and inability to respond to the surroundings are typical of the routine of her life. The work reflects the fragility of the childlike persona who faces the surrounding world. Her legs and body are barely able to hold up the crimson helmet on her head, within which she hides and is protected from the world. The world is at a time that abounded with violence, apprehension, and fear—the kind of time that encourages social distancing. The figure’s path from fear and pain to emotional coping and self-strengthening allows more forgiving connections of “I” with herself and with the world to come about.