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Frozen Memory, 2002, video art, 4' 00"

Frozen Memory
video art in cooperation with Abdel-Ghany Kenawy

In "Frozen Memory," I explore important aspects in our social life: birth, marriage, and death. All are turning points, gates leading into unexplored lands.

I don’t dwell on the societal trappings of birth, marriage, and death. I look, instead, at the hidden sentiments that are attached to them, the sentiments that lie deep within man’s inner self or being, using my memory as my guide. Receptacle of all things true and twisted, past and evolving, memory keeps its own, parallel track of life. It tackles what the days and years bring, resonates with everything that we sense and experience. Its strong presence overpowers and pre-empts, leading me to question ‘shall I die after my lifetime or during it?’

In Frozen Memory, I grapple with the subject of the isolation or alienation experienced by a person while he is living within a society; I look at how each of us is a mechanical part in society’s churning wheel, a wheel that turns and turns, never stopping.

- Amal Kenawy
Personal Statement

 
 

See also:

> Amal Kenawy
You Will Be Killed - video animation & paintings
The Purple Artificial Forest - video
animation & drawings
Frozen Memory - video art
The Room - video art & performance
Amal Kenawy talks to Gerald Matt, director of Kunsthalle Vienna
Death and the Maiden, article by Simon Njami

> Antje Majewski

> Powerful Symbolism, by Ica Wahbeh, the Jordan Times Weekender

> www.amalkenawy.com

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