Silkscreen prints, Found footage, newspaper archive, 2019
I will defend myself looks into Egyptian Tabloids, specified in sensational crime stories and celebrities gossip, as a public platform using images of women. it tries to understand these images in relation to the journalistic forms and linguistic aspects that show the industry’s misogyny and domination over women’s representation in images.
The presence of the black strips covering the faces is particularly tied to misconduct and notoriety, as well as hiding the identity of those depicted, although most of the images used have nothing to do with the news they accompany. It raises the question of what is the use of these images then if their eroticism is dulled by hiding the eyes and covering the faces? who has ownership over these images ? and to what degree are they tied to the identities of those pictured?
The work tries to abstract the violence practiced over these images by decontextualizing them from the journal prints, playing with text fragments. it again questions whether reproduction of these images recreates the violence or deconstruct it?
* This project is part of (Was That Really You?) , the long term image-based research that engages with the different representations of women in photography.