The Stories of My Grandmother (When Colony and Patriarchy Collide)
draws on the particular narrative of one of the Usual Collective's members - Safam Adir, and the personal experiences and archives of his (Egyptian) grandmother and (English) grandfather, who came from different worlds but found common ground on which to build a life together. The work explores the power relationships between patriarchy and colonialism, focusing on the personal experiences of the artist’s family in 19th
century Egypt. Printed on the ubiquitous material of the region, Egyptian cotton, the work exploits the historically unrelenting divergence of the human condition. What might start out as hope soon becomes finessed into a hegemony of temptation, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the dawn of a new reality. This work is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Printed by Throwdown Press.