Theatre of Impositions

These photo collages consist of colorful cacti from Cairo’s annual Orman Botanical Garden exhibition superimposed on dioramas from the city’s Agricultural Museum. Both sites display curious impositions: The colorful cacti heads were injected with pigment and then grafted to the rootstock of other cacti; and the museum, which was established in 1938 under British occupation, showcases dioramas that depict Egyptian rural life born of the colonial discourse. This photo series pairs historical and present-day forces to emphasize the artificial nature of reality.