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Regou3 or Distant Lover

 

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Zamalek - 5:35am

When I was invited to join the Public Programming team for the Cairo Biennale, so much went through my mind.  I’ve been back to Cairo a few times since I immigrated to Los Angeles in ‘89 and with each trip my relationship to my hometown changes dramatically.  In some ways it’s difficult to come home.  The city evolves so quickly that I constantly have to reacquaint myself with it. My memories grow increasingly romantic; my desire to seek out my childhood Cairo grows stronger.  I find myself slowly slipping from native to tourist.  My Arabic becomes more “broken”, I dress more like a khawaga each time, and most of the places I frequented have closed, moved or changed beyond recognition.  This is not to say that I’m ever disappointed, in fact I fall in love with the city more and more with each return visit.  There is something so resiliant about Cairo.  How it expands and contracts to accommodate the bustling street life. How people, cars, architecture and even the stray animals fearlessly flow in  and around each other at the brink of collision.  The longer I live away from it the more amazed I am by its energy. I can’t wait to see what this trip brings…although, I think I have an idea of what that might be…

One Response to “Regou3 or Distant Lover”

  1. jenny Says:

    any odd odd chance that you’re the same sherine girgis that was in my first grade class in jubail with mrs. allred? if so, please contact me - i live in cairo…and regardless, i hope you enjoy your latest visit…