“Cartographies of conflict” is an excerpt from a photobook project that seeks to generate a spatial typology of emplacements, where territory keeps a direct relationship (causal or consequential) with a conflict. Throughout the Egyptian territory, a series of areas in friction with a conflict create perceptible scratch-marks in the landscape.
In Cairo, the megalopolis, dilemmas of a religious nature appear in the cornered Christian neighborhood of Mar Girgis. The reckless urbanization process – consequences of a population crisis – opposes nature and edifications in Gezirat Dahab: a rural island enclosed by two main roads on the opposite banks of the Nile. Restoration and reparation of the religious complex in the Muhammad Aly citadel brings up a diatribe between the dominant collective imagination and the current state of the city. The same happens in Alexandria, a Mediterranean city constantly violated and regenerated throughout the centuries. These phases produced a cultural crucible and a difficult-to-categorize heterodox tradition.
In the arid Sinai Peninsula, a large quantity of skeletons of failed architectural projects remain. The intrinsic instability of the area, rooted in its geopolitical interest, precludes the successful completion of the buildings. In addition to the Egyptian-Israeli conflict, a secondary indigenous conflict takes place with the bedouin tribes who reject the state’s control and dominate the territory.
Architecture and landscape as subjects sensible to failure, destruction and incompatibility function in this cartonarration as a visible medium modulated by conflict.