Did Not Happen #3 | AHMED KAMEL
Did Not Happen #3 | AHMED KAMEL

Did Not Happen #3 | AHMED KAMEL

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Acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm

For several years, Ahmed Kamel has been working on the issue of conflict – on the personal as well as the political level. In this work, which has been realised during his artist in residency at the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he focuses on how power can be used to influence the individual and public perception, and thus change the collective memory and subsequently also the official course of history. Despite the highly developed tools for documenting details, it is still possible to manipulate the overall picture. Even eye-witnesses can start to doubt what they have seen with their very own eyes. 

Ahmed Kamel's triptych reflects vulnerability, blurred memory, and hope. The central picture shows a text from which all relevant words have been erased, so that the meaning has been lost – just like it had never existed. To its left, the artist has positioned a spiral with no a way out. The self-contained spiral is juxtaposed with an open composition of points and dots on the right.

Ahmed Kamel lives and works in Berlin and in Cairo. 

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