Man Running In Magnetic Field


2011
3 Channel Video Installation
2 Minutes 13 Seconds,Loop

A man runs. He holds his suitcase and flees, but he's stuck inside a tunnel.
"Man Running in Magnetic Field" is a three-channel video installation that reimagines the murder mystery of the artist's own father, a tragic incident that had resulted over a suitcase filled with money. Sourced from a VHS tape of an Egyptian film titled "Nouss Arnab" (Egyptian slang for 'half a million'), the highlighted scene depicts two men chasing each other with the central character holding a suspicious suitcase. In this work, the shots are manipulated in a way that the actor goes nowhere, constantly running from screen to screen in fear of getting caught. He gets locked in an urban landscape humming inside a VHS tape, where the medium equally confines his body within a claustrophobic illusion.
In essence, the work attempts to dramatize and visualize a personal enigma, in which the foreboding suitcase is the pivotal death-trap unable to escape the artist's mind for eternity.

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