Video Diaries (2011)


“The Video Diaries project combines video footage taken by [Khaled] Hafez with stock footage extracted from social media and from several other sources. These are assembled to create several parallel narratives that intertwine on the three screens as the real footage of collective” acts and violent events. The flux of information disseminated by the media footage, the lack of structured dialogue combined with real sounds from the Tahrir Square, where the 2011 revolution takes place, all are pasted with the sound of solo guitar music. Through this use of music, the idea of “revolution” is romanticized, adding a simulated fictitious atmosphere to the very real footage, to represent intimacy and personal nostalgia” according to the artist. Hafez’s choice of medium blurs the distinction between the artist as detached observer and active participant in the events of revolution."


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