As an architect/ artist, an Egyptian/ American my work reflects the dynamics between independent forces which at times are rendered harmonious. These forces are so vivid in my research of the Cairo’s urban condition.
My work researches into Cairo’s informal communities and pulls out the virtues embodied in their built environment. These urbanscapes tell stories of tight social networks, self-sufficiency, complex architectural layering, and an abundance of youthful optimism. I aim is to translate the textured surfaces of these cavernous spaces which are like tall blankets, accessorized with colorful clothes lines, into various mediums and surfaces to convey their inherent sense of agility and adaptability. My work is fed by the substance that makes these communities ALIVE.