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Maha Maamoun

Cairoscapes, 2003. Photo series.

Nature is present everywhere in the city; if not literally, then figuratively. The fleeting floral patterns on pedestrians' clothes are in this photo series substitutes for nature in an urban environment, a point of rest in the midst of the harshness of the city. Adopting the panoramic format of cityscapes, Cairoscapes are intimate, subtly ironic, depictions of Cairo, eye-level landscapes focussing on the quotidian and the fragmentary, rather than on the encompassing overview.

* 1972, Cairo, lives and works in Cairo