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Biennale of Arab Photographers: Xenia Nikolskaya, Dust

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The series Dust, by Xenia Nikolskaya, made between 2006 and 2011, explores the abandon of historical buildings in Egypt. These images represent a duality. Dust is a material that covers the city, literally marking the passing of time on urban objects, but it is also a temporal metaphor of the recording and progressive erasure of memories. Egypt’s architecture at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century–generally called “cosmopolitan architecture” is going to rapidly succumb to negligence, real-estate frenzy, and city overpopulation. Since the start of the project in 2006, a certain number of places documented […]

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