The Return of Osiris

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On June 9, 1967, Egyptian President at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser appeared on television and radio to inform the Egyptian citizens of their country’s defeat. During the speech, he also announced his resignation. For many, Nasser’s speech was the first hint at the full extent of defeat and disillusionment with the pan-Arab vision he led.

By collecting, cataloging, and rearranging visual materials associated with the resignation speech, the project turns the spotlight on the challenges of addressing a historical-political event through artistic action. Usually associated with the work of the historian who sets out to produce knowledge and interpretation, these practices examine the complex process of creating and emptying meanings in visual systems of representation.
The video weaves together dozens of scenes that feature the speech from Egyptian films and television series produced between 1972-2016. The found footage excerpts were edited to reconstruct Nasser’s speech of resignation according to the original text.

Directed by Essa Grayeb (Palestine)

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