Judith Barry, Artist
. . . Cairo stories
Single-channel video on plasma screen with Cibachrome photograph, color, sound
24:00 min. Plasma screen: 40 x 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm); photograph: 40 x 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm) (framed)
Courtesy of the artist; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles; and Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; photography by Brian Forrest
Part of an ongoing series titled Not Reconciled, . . . Cairo stories examines how individuals are formed in relation to, and in reaction to, the politics of a nation-state and the structures of the cities they inhabit. Actors recite narratives written by Barry that are based on hundreds of hours of interviews she did with Cairene women about their relationship to the city. Several women discuss the increasing demands to dress with the utmost modesty, and Barry has left everything below the shoulders unrepresented. Their stories underscore the women's various negotiations with the systems, values, and pressures of the evolving urban landscape.