Khaled Hafez

Drowning in FragmentationOn
 Noise, 
Sound 
& 
Silence


On
 Noise,
 Sound
 and
 Silence
 proposes
 the
 island
 as
 metaphor
 for
 the
 transience
 of
 memory,
 steadily
 submerged
 with
 the
 passage
 of
 time
 and
 loss
 of
 resolution
 in
 the
 mind.
 The
 visual
 and
 sculptural
 elements
 in
 this
 work
 evoke
 a
 poetic
 voyage
 through
 the
 black
 box
 of
 recollection,
 that
 repository
 of
 experience,
 nostalgia
 and
 travel
 that
 accumulates
 within
 each
 of
 us
 as
 we
 pass
 from
 childhood,
 into
 adolescence
 and
 adulthood.
 
Like
 islands
 sinking
 into
 the
 sea,
 time
 threatens
 with
 the 
slow 
extinction 
of 
those 
defining
elements 
that 
make 
up 
the 
self. 
The 
fragility 
of 
the 
island 
is 
the
 fragility 
of 
memory.

On
 Noise,
 Sound
 and
 Silence
 is
 created
 in
 two
 formats:
 three
 synchronized
 screens
 each
 with
 its
 individual 
audio 
track 
and 
in 
a single 
channel 
adaptation 
with 
a 
composite 
audio 
track. 
Both 
formats
 are 
accompanied 
by 
an 
installation
 of 
sculptural 
elements.
 The 
work 
addresses
 water 
in 
its 
different
 contexts:

 filmed
 across
 different
 geographic
 locations
 and
 free
 of
 any
 linear
 narrative,
 the
 footage
 tackles
 water
 as
 a
 source
 of
 life,
 communication
 and
 transportation
 but
 also
 of
 submersion
 and
 obliteration.
 
All
 identifying
 elements
 of
 time
 and
 place
 have
 been
 removed.

 Instead
 the
 viewer
 is
 engulfed
 by
 water
 on
 all
 sides
 and
 encouraged
 to
 turn
 inwards
 in
 this
 highly
 synthesized
 personal
 landscape.

Courtesy: Liebkranz 
Galerie,
 Berlin
(Germany),
 AB 
Gallery, 
Zurich 
& 
Luzern 
(Switzerland), Meem
 Gallery,
 Dubai
 (UAE), 
Galeria 
San
 Carlo, 
Milan 
(Italy), 
Raymaluz 
Gallery, 
Madrid 
(Spain),
 
Bekris
 Gallery, 
San
Francisco 
(USA), 
Mark 
Hachem
 Gallery, 
Paris
(France).
 

Khaled Hafez is a visual artist based in Cairo, Egypt. His practice spans the mediums of painting, video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches. His works were shown at Manifesta 8, the 8th Mercosul Biennale, the 11th Havana Biennale, the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, the 1st Singapore Biennale, as well as in Japan (Hiroshima MOCA), USA (New Museum & Queens Museum, New York), France (Centre George Pompidou, Paris), UK (Saatchi Gallery, London), Germany (Kunstmuseum Bonn), Belgium (MuHKA Antwerp), Greece (Thessaloniki State Museum of Art) and in Brazil (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paolo).