Myths of Impunity

“The reversal lasted a matter of hours. It is hard to imagine that it could only have been such a short time but arguably if it had only been one second it would have mattered just as much. Of course it would have been nice if it lasted more permanently but through the action itself another alternative could be imagined, another existence solidified. The importance of that moment cannot be overlooked. That is what has been told to me on countless occasions after those hours had passed as if to act as a tangible reassurance that in fact what we witnessed was true and not simply a mirage. These statements also sounded like an open ended question directed at some yet to come time, acting as bridge to carry its own validity forward. But unfortunately its validity was not the question but instead a stark reminder of the distance that would need to be traveled to that possible future.”

The exhibition Myths of Impunity takes outset in the events that occurred on the night of March 5th 2011 when thousands of protesters stormed the State Security Headquarters & Prison in Nasr City north of Cairo, Egypt.

Myths of Impunity consists of a light bulb & a CD player given to the artist by a protestor who was present during the storming of the State Security Headquarters & Prison, as well as accounts by several individuals who participated in the event interviewed by the artist and an audio recording from the crowds who entered the building.

The work explores how the events of the night of March 5th 2011 for a matter of hours created a liminal space where the totalizing order that had stood for generations collapsed. In this moment the myth of impunity was punctured allowing a temporary space for rearrangement. This exhibition will follow the different traces that linger from this in an attempt to piece together how they function in the broader context of protracted divisions & negotiated compliance.