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Laura El-Tantawy

“Women of Tahrir” from “In the Shadow of the Pyramids” by Laura El-Tantawy 2005-2014

In the Shadow of the Pyramids
UK/Egypt   www.lauraeltantawy.com

In the Shadow of the Pyramids is a first-person account exploring memory and identity. With images spanning 2005 to 2014, what began as a look in the mirror to understand the essence of Egyptian identity expanded into an exploration of the trials and tribulations of a turbulent nation. The result is dark, sentimental and passionate. Juxtaposing the innocence of the past with the obscurity of the present, the series is an experience – a peaceful and tranquil day suddenly turns violent and chaotic, it’s claustrophobic, until a new dawn rises and there is hope again.

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