Survival of the fittest (ongoing)

2017

 

 

Kom ed-dekkah - in Alexandria, was a well-off residential area in Graeco-Roman times, with lovely villas, bathhouses and a theatre. The area was known at the time as the Park of Pan, a pleasure garden where citizens could indulge in various lazy pursuits.

Nowadays the area is full with Ashwa'iyyat - the term that is known in Egypt for slums, which means 'haphazard' or 'disordered' residential buildings. The Buildings are constructed on a hill that is accumulated of destroyed archaeological relics. It is still full of excavations and monuments. It may also include the tomb of Alexander the Great himself. The region was also used as a tomb in the Greek, Roman and Aramaic periods.

'Survival of the fittest' consists of several found wood in Kom ed-dekkah. The drawings are inspired by accumulated scribbles on the current residential buildings. The dialogue between the accumulations - whether of the scribbles or the relics, is dialogue between now and then, what is there and what isn't, what shall remain and what shall be forgotten.