The Room, 2004, video art & performance, 17' 00"
video art and performance
When I looked within myself, I began to realize my self as
an independent entity that contains a set of laws which rule
and govern my body as a physical being. However, these laws
do not represent or convey the true nature of my self for
they do not correspond with my feelings about life and non-existence.
I may have a heart that beats…a heart that carries out its
functions…but I can not confirm that I am alive for the emotions
that continuously inhabit my body turn it into nothing more
than a mere physical shell, into a barrier that separates
my inner being from the world around me.
For this reason, I try to tailor my understanding so that
I may realize the human self within a wider framework of existence.
I realize this through the abstracted images which I use,
images that oscillate between being of my memories/dreams
and of the reality in which I live. These images come close
to portraying me, to being an expression of my true self,
the self that I can see clearly way beyond the narrow confines
of my body.
- Amal Kenawy