Category 2014

Dreams and Defiance: Ziad Doueiri’s West Beyrouth (1998)

AUC Times – December 2014. The sound of gunshots, screams, and frustrated car engines is enmeshed with the background music; one tinted with a pinch of gloominess that serves as a melancholic prelude. “They are not letting anyone pass,” uttered a bearded man wearing a black and white checkered scarf, a kaffiya, with his rifle resting […]

Reconciling Past and Present in Color: Helmi El-Touni’s Design Retrospective

AUC Times – November 2014. ..“تشوفها تقول دي مصر” It is perhaps the vivid purple of the wall, with its glaring gold stencils, that render the staggering feeling you attain once you are within its confines. Complementing the striking vivacity of the color, four medium-sized white frames correspond to each purple-colored surface; thus, delineating the carefulness […]

An Omnipresent Past: Reflections on Urban Encroachment and Egypt’s Cultural Heritage

This was my first published piece in AUCTimes in October 2014. It was again published, in August 2015, in Egyptian Streets. The interlacing, patterned motifs that adorn walls of smooth, dust ridden stone of a centuries-old structure –a mosque to be precise –stand adjacent to a small vintage shop as witnesses to the changes brought about by nothing […]