Khaled Hafez (b. 1963)
Khaled Hafez - The A77A Project (On presidents and Superheroes) (2009)
From IN/FLUX - Mediatrips from the African World (2011)
Egypt / 2009 / 3mins / Video Art / English
Every civilization looked for the imaginary super-hero for protection against evil forces, from ancient Anubis to modern Batman. In the fifties and sixties, the voice of president Nasser echoed from the Atlantic ocean to the Persian gulf, was broadcast live, every citizen stopped to listen to the superhero of modern times. Today, with the collapse of the Pan Arab theory and ideology, superheroes of religion took over, with their centuries-old dress codes and primitive behavior. The 3-minute work probes, ironically, social changes Hafez personally lived through his childhood, adolescence and adulthood in Egypt.