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November, 4 - December 3, 2017
Offtime Forum for Art
United installation
Vernissage: 11. 03. 17, 20 Uhr

1997, sculpture ensemble, Fayjum, Umm el Sawwan, Egypt (Libyan desert)

The big semi-oasis of Faiyum is being fed by water from the Nile and extends west of the Nile valley into the Libyan Desert. During the middle empire the Pharaohs had the huge Lake Moeris partly drained and thus emerged an extended area that could be used for agriculture. Because of the numerous crocodiles the temples in this region were consecrated to Sobek, the crocodile god. I visited such a temple several times which today lies in an arid zone without any vegetation. Why the temple had been built at this very location, far from any human dwellings, is one of the mysteries this area is asking. Traces of mining activities as well as prehistoric artefacts can be found at many places in this terrain. Here I felt for the first time the stirring to 'comment' this area with a group of sculptures, to add another mystery to this landscape, so to speak. The unsuspecting visitor of the desert was not informed by any sign about who got the sculptures here and what they were about.