Unmasking the Unseen is a Visual Atlas Researching the relationship between public space, censorship and design.
After a short stay in Cairo, I noticed public space does not invite you to linger. This is underlined by strong anonymisation, constant monitoring and surveillance you encounter in the streets of the city. I noticed that public space doesn't allow for any means of intervention. Posters of cultural nature, places of assembly and meeting, or an exchange among the city's inhabitants no longer exist. The field of visual communication is limited to advertising and commercialism.
I lived between two worlds. The strong contrast between Cairo and Basel fascinated me greatly, but it could not be compared very easily. The challenge to convey this anxiety visually, is the essence of my project one could say.
I wanted to stimulate discussion with my photographs independently of good and bad, of beautiful and ugly or right and wrong. Rather then these simple moralities I wanted to ask how does this city affect me, what does it trigger within me? It was important for me to condition the viewer to be aware of his attitude towards the topic of "design in the public space".
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