Khalil El Hakim
"She is our Mirror"
4800 LE (US $ 800)
She is our Mirror
“Remember me. This is my face and this is my body,” she
said to them.
This is the Egyptian Alia Al Mahdi who angered people by
exposing her body through the internet.
She didn’t care, and it made no difference to her what
She spoke intuitively, “I am Eve who gave birth to
Alia is truly an artist who is entirely free in all
senses of the word.
I liked the way she expressed herself, and why shouldn’t
She is not the first to speak out like this; it’s been
She said, “My body is mine, not other’s.”
In my painting, the face she doesn’t want anyone to
forget takes over the canvas making it lively and
bringing out the woman in her. Her piercing eyes look
right into you, penetrate you. Her nose is like those of
the Egyptian pharaohs. Her curly hair is painted with
the colors of the rainbow. The background colors are
bright, sharp and dazzling. Yellow livens up the red,
and brown and green sing with the blue. In this perfect
harmony of colors, even grey seems to glow with the
My idea is to show how different cultures are and yet
how dependent they can be on each other. The product is
an interesting mixture of intermingled ideas and
techniques that reflects the beauty and richness of the
communication between the East and West cultures.
I consider art a part of daily life and as dependent of
all other intellectual disciplines like science,
politics, medicine, business to name just a few. Art is
a product of profound reflection, and the plastic arts
constitute of the most direct and universal bridge
between people and ideas. Antonio Tapies, a post-modern
artist said, “If painting today did not make us tremble
or at least disturb some of us, it would mean we have
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