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Kitchen Floor

If you are born a female in the middle east, you will find that in most cases, your dreams and ambitions mean nothing to society. Your place in this world has already been decided for you since birth; a mother, a wife, a housekeeper, a cook… do not dare to seek more. 
And in support of International Women’s Day, this project portrays this form of oppression in a series of pictures which show a group of ladies giving up on their dreams for… well, jobs that have been assigned to them since birth, hence without them having a say in them.

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عند الحديث عن المرأة، في الشرق الأوسط خاصة، تُغفل عادةً أحلامها وطموحاتها، إلى درجة أصبحت فيها وظائف معينة (كالطبخ والترتيب والتنظيف… إلخ) منوطة بالمرأة فقط. وبمجرد أنها أنثى فهذا في أغلب الحالات يعني تخليها عن هذه الأحلام والطموحات السابق ذكرها. حتى أنها في الحالات التي لا تكون فيها مجبورة بشكل مباشر على التخلي عن هذه الأحلام، فإن الوقت غالباً لا يسمح لها بالسعي وراءها، ما دامت مشغولة بالأشغال المنزلية والاعتناء ب"صغارها" (بحسب الافتراض الشائع أن هذه وظيفتها وحدها) وغير ذلك. 
ويهدف هذا المشروع، الذي أتى دعماً ليوم المرأة العالمي، إلى تسليط الضوء على هذا الشكل من أشكال الظلم الذي تعاني منه النساء، من خلال سلسلة من الصور التي تضم عدداً من الآنسات اللواتي خضعن لما يسمى ب"العادات والتقاليد"، مما يعني تخلّيهن عن أحلامهن وطموحاتهم التي كانت مهددة أصلاً بالزوال منذ ولادتهن.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

لقد صار قلبي قابلا كل صورة
فمرعى لغزلان ودير لرهبان

وبيت لأوثان وكعبة طائف ،
والواح توراة ومصحف قرآن

ادين بدين الحب انى توجهت ركائبه
فالحب ديني وأيماني


ابن عربي 

“ My heart can take on any form:  a meadow for gazelles, a cloister for monks, For the idols, sacred ground,  Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim, the tables of the Torah,  the scrolls of the Qur'án.

I profess the religion of love;  wherever its caravan turns along the way,
that is the belief,  the faith I keep. “

Iraqi Reinsurance Company Complex by Hisham Munir in Baghdad [1976].

“The Iraqi Reinsurance Company Complex was intended to “provide a headquarters appropriate to the Company’s national and international standing.” The planned site for the headquarters was a Company-owned piece of land at the corner of Al-Kindi Street and Saadoun streets, on Firdos Square, in area that in the mid-1970s was becoming the commercial center of Baghdad. The site is adjacent to the Al Khairat Apartment Complex and across the square from the Palestine Hotel (formerly the Meridien Hotel) and the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Ishtar).
The plan designed by Hisham Munir & Associates called for a complex of three buildings: an eight-story Company Headquarters building, a twenty-story Commercial building with office space rented to outside tenants, and a one-story Conference/Dining Center that could be rented by the public. The Headquarters building was considered the primary and most important feature of the complex and was intended to be the most noticeable, with a different, more elaborate, architectural treatment from the other two buildings. All three buildings would be served by underground parking, a computer center, and other supporting services.
External walls of all buildings would be concrete. The main color scheme of the buildings would be white, with contrast from the surrounding landscaping. Reflecting pools and covered walkways would be used to link the elements of the site together.
It does not appear that the complex was ever built.”


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