A piece from artist
The first thing you see when you walk in the
The piece is part of Palestinian-Kuwaiti artist Ala Younis’ first exhibition in
The exhibit attempts to "explore myth making around a personality", said Hittalamani Raju Hittalamani, a researcher in media and cultural studies, which makes the timing of the exhibition, which opened a couple of weeks before the Egyptian presidential elections, thought provoking.
Just as Nasser promised modernisation, so, too, has newly elected President
The exhibit illustrates how this idea of larger-than-life personality cults is a "culture that appears so deeply rooted in the region," Hittalamani said. It’s now appearing in an "updated form", he said.
With Nasser, the region dreamed of a rocket-industry project bringing bounty to the Arab world. His death drew the curtains on the project. Five million people marched to mourn the dream with the dead president, and heads of all Arab states attended the burial of the leader between shock and grief.
"Whatever we've invested in industry, we have found returns for the industry," Younis quotes Nasser as saying in one of her projects. "If it were not for everything we have invested in industry, I do not know what we would be doing right now."
"UAR" is Younis' third project that addresses Arab Nationalism by recollecting historical and political failures. The first was a video installation about 'Nefertiti', the sewing machine that was manufactured and sold in
The exhibition is open from
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