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* Content includes topics such as sexual assault and harassment.

THESIS PROJECT, TISCH NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 2021

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   Shame, Guilt, & Femininity.  

In Egypt, a woman’s value is often measured by her “purity”. If a man forces his sexual desires on a woman and gets caught, she is the one to blame.

If a woman dares to                   about her traumatic experience, she is the one who suffers the societal consequences.

This treatment of Egyptian                 highlights a strange and deep rooted hypocrisy. One of the oldest civilizations, with a long history of matriarchal control, has recently shifted to a mindset that constantly subjects Egyptian women to unwanted eroticized behavior.

  Performance, headphones recommended  
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Strictured Femme,is an audio and visual installation that acts as a looking glass, into the hyper sexualized context of the female figure within the Egyptian culture.
Illustrating how shame and gaslighting can be used to manipulate Egyptian women’s sense of value.
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The             of this piece is to create an experience that emits a sense of empathy towards the invisible Egyptian female voice.

LCD TV
Smart TV

1- LCD Screen

Pleated Fabric
Pleated Fabric

2- Fabric

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3- Rope

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I also wanted to design a safe space highlighting the emotional journey that Egyptian women, like myself have to endure when subjected to unwanted eroticized behavior.

The mind numbing hypocrisy from an old traditional proverb “                  as strong as a 100 men”, to the endless blame and slut shaming.

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Installation layout, and RCP  
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Walk through and renders
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PHOTOSHOP

TOUCHDESIGNER

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ANALOG SYNTH

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Collaboration with Haaz.haaz

There is a level of complexity when trying to pin down a women’s role and sense of value within Egyptian culture, so I divided my background research into three chapters.

Chapter one takes an anthropological glimpse into women’s lives. Comparing examples such as Pharaoh Hatshepsut, to the 1980’s character troupe, a woman's main obligation is to please her husband. Due to the classiest system these obligations differ from each social level.

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Ali Heraize

Andrew Scheider

Dina Khalil

Hany Osman

Hassan EL Sadek

Nancy Hechinger

Shady Noor

Omar Abdo

Young Min Choi

Assualt Police

Cat calls of Cairo

Mom and Dad