Samah Hijwai, Jordan

Visual artist Samah Hijawi spent a month at the Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum investigating the subject of Arab Unity. Egypt was one of the main players in the beginnings of the Arab Unity in the 1950s, furthermore, Gamal Abdul Nasser -then the president of Egypt- was and still is the icon of the Arab unity. The residency included research and many conversations with Egyptians, allowing for a specific perspective of the idea of the Arab Unity, and the use of the Alexandria Bibliothèque and their archive of Gamal Abdul Nasser's speeches and interviews. The residency instigated the development of the work towards a performance piece.