City of the Dead

City of the Dead

The City of the Dead series explores how archaic cultural heritage and globalisation forces shape the identity of Cairo necropolis’ inhabitants. Since 1960, rural migration and housing crisis in Egypt have forced the capital’s poorest populations to relocate in Al Qarafa, the city’s most ancient Islamic graveyard. Immersed in a zone where the borders between life and death are abolished, the residents of Al-Qarafa lead an otherworldly, yet normal existence. The City of the Dead series is part of Era Incognita, the artist's ongoing project on displacement and contemporary Mediterranean exiles.

The City of the Dead series explores how archaic cultural heritage and globalisation forces shape the identity of Cairo necropolis’ inhabitants. Since 1960, rural migration and housing crisis in Egypt have forced the capital’s poorest populations to relocate in Al Qarafa, the city’s most ancient Islamic graveyard. Immersed in a zone where the borders between life and death are abolished, the residents of Al-Qarafa lead an otherworldly, yet normal existence. The City of the Dead series is part of Era Incognita, the artist's ongoing project on displacement and contemporary Mediterranean exiles.

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