DVD – 10.30 min – shade, sound, loop. ‘discovered movies and texts on YouTube’.
*CAMARADERIE. Is a video primarily based on some movies I discovered on YouTube displaying some Egyptian skilled bodybuilders in several conditions of their workout routines and their closing coaching earlier than posing in native and worldwide championships …and so on, and various different movies displaying some younger males residing within the metropolis of Cairo, who’re enthusiastic about this sort of sports activities which rapidly have an effect on and alter the physique form of the practitioner. The character of high quality and manufacturing mechanisms of those movies is ranging between the institutional and the non-public, the skilled and the home-made video, however all of them clearly are celebrating and representing the masculine physique in several methods. The analysis and work course of on these supplies jogged my memory of another audio and textual supplies associated to things and conditions as the tip of the continual picture broadcast in official Egyptian Tv accompanied by the nationwide anthem, the identical tune which is at all times being performed when the bodybuilders formally symbolize their nation on stage. By way of utilizing various methods of including and cropping, the work is attempting to grasp the consultant nature of the self and the masculine physique in these movies, in its many variations from the official, to the favored, ethnical, private and erotic.
“Connecting the extraordinary and charged world of widespread bodybuilding in egypt with the artist’s try at understanding the modes of self-representation in such a context makes this investigation of male bonding and the digicam particularly evocative. Mahmoud Khaled manages as soon as once more to be each visceral and cerebral on the identical time.” — Hassan Khan, 2010
Commissioned by Mashrabia Gallery for Up to date Artwork, Cairo.