Nabil, Youssef b.1972 / Amani by Window, Cairo
about this work
Growing up in the cinematic Cairo, Youssef was intoxicated with the golden age of its stars. His works draw inspiration from his childhood memories of black and white films filled with glamour, elegance and melodrama. Nabil observed his life as if he were in a cinema, watching and witnessing every minute of his own movie. When he realized, as a child, that many of his favourite Egyptian film stars were no longer alive, this kindled a desire to meet those who were still alive and to immortalize them for himself, before they die or before he dies. In so doing, he has created an imaginary reality that reflects both the paradoxes of the Middle East in our times as well as the fantasies and flamboyance of Egyptian movie stars in the cosmopolitan pre-revolutionary years in Cairo.

Youssef Nabil (b.1972, Egypt)

Amani by Window, Cairo, 1993

Hand-colored gelatin silver print
Edition: 3/3
115 x 75 cm.
45 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.
Provenance:
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - C PhotographMiddle East

publications

Christie's
(Catalogue), Dubai, October 2011 Bulletin

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