My Father Looks for an Honest City

Production country: 
eg
Year: 
2010
Duration: 
6 min.
Format: 
film/video
copyright Basim Magdy / courtesy Livia Berner
copyright Basim Magdy / courtesy Livia Berner

The artist films his father while re-enacting Diogenes the Cynic's philosophical stunt, in which he wanders around an arid landscape with a lit lamp in daytime, claiming to look for an honest man. The film is shot on an open site with unfinished glass buildings, insignia of the new architectural prototypes of the New Cairo, a rising city on the outskirts, complete with archaeological finds, stray dogs and fake palm trees. The re-enactment is set to the sound of a raging thunderstorm.

 

(Image: Copyright Basim Magdy / Courtesy Livia Berner)

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