Nothing Escapes My Eyes

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Nothing Escapes My Eyes, 2015. 13min. 43sec. HD, color, stereo.

Nothing Escapes My Eyes (2015) is about a silent transformation of a place and a human being, both subjected to the melancholy of conforming. The film was inspired by the famous opera Aida, to depict in a metaphoric form current issues of cultural identity, loss and the pressures to conform. The film refers to the following historical event related to this opera: Aida premiered in Cairo in 1871 at the „Khedivial Opera House“. One hundred years later the building was completely destroyed by fire and replaced by a multi storied parking garage. Nevertheless, to this day, the place is still named Opera Square: Meidan El Opera. The film combines this urban alteration with the painful transformation of a woman (actress Hiam Abbass) in the process of shedding one identity for another. With no dialogues, the film is backed by a musical excerpt from Verdi’s Aida whose lyrics express the difficulties of being loyal to one’s country and cultural identity. The personal and urban transformation tackles on issues of identity, loss and disorientation as a result of historical colonialism and contemporary globalization.

 

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  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, The Women Behind, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, 2018.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, The 56th October Salon / The Pleasure of Love, Belgrade City Museum, 2016.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017. From left: Silenced with Gold, 2016; A Small Fee, 2009; Silenced with Gold, 2016; Exodus, 2016.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017. From left: A Small Fee, 2009; Silenced with Gold, 2016.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017. Exodus, 2017.

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes, Installation view, C&H gallery, 2017. From left: Untitled, 2016; Silenced with Gold, 2016.

     

  • Cover of the June 2013 issue of Auditorium, with a long article on Nothing Escapes My Eyes, published before the film was even finished!