Video Narrative by: Salam Yousry
A spontaneous choral procession through a village in Upper Egypt opens a portal to the magic of street performance. For artist and director Salam Yousry, the invitation to collaborate with a community theatre group in Malawwi in Upper Egypt led to a reconsideration of artistic priorities in public spaces. Oftentimes, cameras and videographers subsume street art, and spectators’ attention as well as that of the artists themselves flickers from flash to screen.
This phenomenon distracts from engagement with the present circumstances and from the nuances of the locale. As Yousry argues, it is precisely when we can prioritize moments of improvisation – without the distraction of the camera, which monopolizes our attention – that street theatre and public art unleash their greatest magic.