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The Mosaic Rooms in London, a center for contemporary culture from the Arab world and Beyond, showcases Egyptian artist Heba Y. Amin’s latest works in the exhibition ‘When I see the future, I close my eyes,’ curated by Anthony Downey, Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa at Birmingham City University. Amin works with different technologies and histories of aerial surveillance to investigate the connections between global concerns and Middle Eastern geopolitics.
The exhibition presents a series of works that stem from these issues, such as the detainment of a migratory stork by Egyptian authorities in 2013 on the basis of espionage as we see in ‘The General’s Stork’ or a audio-visual archive of the responses of a number of Egyptian citizens to the 2011 uprising in the ‘Project Speak2Tweet’. In another immersive installation, Amin puts herself in the shoes of a quasi-dictator and delivers a proposal to ‘drain the Mediterranean Sea to create a super-continent.’