Nermine Hammam, 'Armed Innocence II', from the series 'Upekkha'

Nermine Hammam, 'Armed Innocence II', from the series 'Upekkha'

Nermine Hammam
Born Cairo, Egypt, 1967. Lives Cairo
'Armed Innocence II', from the series 'Upekkha'
2011
Archival inkjet print
Museum no. E.1131-2012
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Influenced by a background in film and graphic design, Nermine Hammam works in series, making prints that combine elements of painting and photography, often digitally manipulating and layering images to represent subjects in states of abandonment or altered consciousness. When the army was called in to respond to the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011, Hammam was struck by the vulnerability of the soldiers. They seemed to want to be anywhere but there. In the 'Uppekkha' series she transports these soldiers into vibrant fantasy settings. Reminiscent of postcards, the series likens the events of Tahrir Square to a tourist attraction that drew the world's attention, but was not fully understood.