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Doa Aly

Chinese Sweet, Chinese Pretty, 2006. Video.

In the video Chinese Sweet, Chinese Pretty, Doa Aly follows Susu, Mama and Lulu, three Chinese immigrants living in Cairo, in an interrogation of the dynamics of cross cultural integration in Egypt. The artist allows us a look into the almost invisible community of Chinese female immigrants who work in the Egyptian capital on tourist visas, selling cheap clothing (made in China, of course) door to door. Issues of displacement, belonging and memory are recurring themes that speak to the particular dynamics of globalization and migration and their effects on individual lives in and beyond Africa.

* 1976,  Cairo, lives and works in Cairo