Fragmented Home #1

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This is the first exhibition of the “Fragmented Home” project series of events. It coincides with the inauguration of the artfoyer CAVIGELLI -  a place dedicated by Cavigelli architects to the presentation of art events and exhibitions. The relationship between architecture and the concept of “home” is a close one, and the specific choice of the location an integral part of its investigation. The existence of a physical site, like a house, often ensures the existence of an other, more subjective and intimate one, that we call “at-home”. Gerard Wajcman notes that “the architecture of a given period appears as the decipherable symptom of the state of the intimate in this period.”

Lamia Moghazy, artist in residence at the Rote Fabrik, shows at the end of her stay in Zürich a video and sound installation, using photographic snapshots of her room in Alexandria, Egypt. These visual fragments of her "home" are accompanied by a soundtrack, which will allow us to have an audio "glimpse" into the artist's personal world. The sounds are paradoxically not from Egypt, but from Wollishofen, they are the sounds that greeted the artist every day – the tram sound, the church bells, the birds' song, and that are now marked in her memory and in her understanding of “home”.

What happens when this intimate space is being exposed and displayed in a gallery? Does this exposure of the intimate really reveal truths about the artist's identity, or does it hide it more? The intimate, as psychological interiority is, in Lacanian terms, a territory where we escape the gaze of the Other. It is what we sometimes call "at home", a place or a state of mind where we feel safe and where we search and constantly redefine our identity. It can take the form of a physical site, like a house, a room, a forest etc, but it can often be interior and subjective, requiring no place in reality. We can feel "at home" in many different ways: in a crowd, in stories, jokes or songs, in the way we wear our cloths or in the routine of saying our name. We live in a globalized world consumed by the need to see and to be seen. Can art make us question the value and relevance of what is being seen and taken as true "identity"? The artist will leave an ephemeral trace of light and sound in the environment where she spent her last three months, as a visiting artist. Did she happen to feel "at home"?

Lamia Moghazy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Alexandria, with a major in Painting; she is now working as a visual artist and freelance fashion designer in her home town. From January to March 2010 Lamia Moghazy was artist in residence at the Rote Fabrik. The predilect media she uses are painting, photography and installations. In her work, the artist deals with issues like identity, cultural symbols and their circulation, and the effects of new communication techniologies on contemporary life. She is also concerned with understanding the role art plays in our society and art's potential to bring change. Lamia Moghazy is an artist in search of herself, but at the same time very alert and sensitive to the world around her. Her recent exhibitions include: the 20th Salon of Young Artists, Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt (2009), the 13th BJCEM Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Puglia, Italy (2008), the 19th Salon of Young Artists, Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt (2008).