26.03.09 | 01.12.10
Sherif El-Azma e Nermine El Ansari
The project of Egyptian artists Sherif El-Azma and Nermine El Ansari is a reflection on past and present forms of social aggregation. The San Paolo Stadium of Naples is juxtaposed to its ideal predecessor: the Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, presenting a faithful reconstruction of the scenario of the mythical Pink Floyd’s Live in Pompeii concert (1972) whose memory is only preserved by forms of digital reproduction. The meta-temporal hybridization of the two structures is clarified by the stadium sounds coming from the cavea of the amphitheatre, an imaginary public for a concert that was actually held behind closed doors. In addition to the architectural symbol, of which both a scale model and a virtual presentation is provided, the work also reflects on the sense of events and their being mythicized, on dislocation in space and time and on the universal projection of a desire to belong to a community, expressed by commentaries on the event selected from YouTube, the communication tool par excellence in the global village era.
Sherif El-Azma (1975) and Nermine El Ansari (1975) live and work in Cairo. They worked together on the project "The Psychogeography of Loose Associations", performed ...
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