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In late 2009, artist Amal Kenawy staged a performance in downtown Cairo called "The Silence of Sheep".After showing the performers crawling across a busy city street, an intertitle announces "Fight 1" and the scene opens upon a man confronting Kenawy on the sidewalk.The artist makes an effort to explain her work, equating it to Aragoz street puppetry, but the man's anger doesn't slacken.Sprawling through two floors of SAF's Bait al-Serkal, "Frozen Memory" is a rich exhibition. Kenawy's drawings, paintings and video works are nested alongside archival material sketches, journals and video documentation of performances.For those unfamiliar with Kenawy's work, this exhibition is a useful primer. Several of these themes are reiterated throughout this exhibition, including in the phantasmagorical video "The Room". The work on show at SAF originally accompanied Kenawy's 2007 performance of the same name. In it, the artist sat onstage alongside the video screen, stitching a wedding dress that was illuminated from within, before being set alight.
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