Arouset El Mouled
El-Mouled festival’s doll-shaped candies are, and were especially in the past, one of the Egyptians’ food traditions. Due to technological and social development and to the spread of awareness of the importance of good health, this tradition has began to vanish replacing its basic content with plastic, making dolls that end up losing the real meaning and spirit of the festival.
The idea of the project is presented through neat and decorated standing fans shaped in different sizes that express euphoria. The fans are made of disused material. The audience, by standing in front of the fans, participates in the work, representing the doll and taking over its role to revive the heritage of the concept.
(Captions): Arouset El Mouled, paper, cardboard, plastic tabs and metal pipes, 9 elements on a 5 x 4 x 2.7 m landspace, various dimensions, 105-270 cm height, 40-135 cm ⌀, 2016
Born in Cairo in the mid-eighties, Mahitab graduated from the Faculty of Art Education in 2008. She participated in many local and international workshops such as “The artist’s book project” workshop in Bremen, Germany, with her work entitled “The square after the revolution” in 2013. Besides, Mahitab took part in prize winning exhibitions on oriental heritage art in Egypt. Many institutions, such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports, hold acquisitions from this artist. As Mahitab loves visiting Egyptian archeological sites, her works take inspiration from the beautiful monuments of her country.