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  FROM RUE D'ARMANT
  OCTOBER 10-17, 2010
AT THE ANNA LEONOWENS GALLERY (1891 Granville Street)

Tuesday – Friday 11:00 h – 17:00 h
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 h
All openings are on Mondays at 5:30 – 7pm unless otherwise stated
  Tarek Abouamin
  This photography exhibition by Egyptian-born, Halifax-based artist, Tarek Abouamin, depicts the artist’s
relationship with a homeland that he can no longer call home.

Artistic Statement
I began photographing people and places on a family trip to Singapore in 1986. The images that I collected
as a boy began to form a photographic journal and adding to that journal became the root of my artistic
expression and an ever-evolving lifetime project. As an Egyptian growing up in Kuwait in 1980’s, I felt a
pervasive sense of displacement. During the summer months, the intense feelings of disconnection would
disappear when my family and I would return to my maternal grandparents’ home in Alexandria.
Winding through the city’s Cleopatra district, the crooked and narrow Armant Street was my childhood
playground. It was there, strengthened by a sense of home and belonging, that the framework of my
photographic process emerged. Inspired by the fading beauty of the elegant old buildings and
the faces and skilled hands of the generational vendors who lined the street, I began using photography
as a means of creating and maintaining a connection to the people and places that moved me.
For years, Alexandria and my family’s ancestral land, Manshiet Radwan on the Nile Delta, were the only
places I could photograph. Even after I left, for nearly 15 years, I could only cultivate the creative
intimacy I needed when I returned to Egypt. My homeland was my emotional sanctuary, where I savoured
sweet moments of love and affection and embraced moments of loss and pain. In the last five years that
intimate connection has extended to rural Nova Scotia, opening a new chapter in my life and becoming part of
the fabric of my journal. My pictures are a collection of memories, gathered as a record, to remember where
I come from, what I experience, and to pass on my story.

Tarek Abouamin is a filmmaker and teacher at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His exceptional
style of cinematography is showcased in award winning film Masquerade (Best Atlantic Short Film 2003, AFF)
and the Genie-Nominated The Wake of Calum MacLeod (2008). Other film credits include Recollection (2004),
Serious Miracles (2005), Quiet at Dawn (2009), Colours of Exile (2009), and Gawab (2010). Abouamin recently
collaborated with award-winning director, Rohan Fernando, on his soon-to-be-released feature film, Snow,
and with award-winning director Shahin Sayadi on the touring stage production, The Veil. A retrospective
presentation of Abouamin’s photography premiered in January 2010 at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt and shall
premiere in Canada as part of Prismatic.

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