Khaled Hafez

Khaled Hafez is born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 where he currently lives and works. He studied medicine and followed the evening classes of the Cairo fine arts in the eighties. After attaining a medical degree in 1987 and M.Sc. as a medical specialist in 1992, he gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the arts. He later obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University Krems (Austria). Hafez practice spans the mediums of painting, video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches.

On Codes, Symbols and Stockholm Syndrome is a painting project inspired from what I lived in 2011, from revolution to its kidnapping / hi-jacking. The core of this title eveolved from my particular interest in the work of Jean Baudrillard* who in his seminal research of cultural specificities wrote about simulation and simulacra. We can look at those terms simplistically as the “fake and the authentic” in cultures. In what he addresses as the third order he describes beautifully how societies identify themselves by codes and symbols. In On Codes, Symbols and Stockholm Syndrome project I explore the idea of what is fake and what is authentic in a contemorary culture loaded with its codes and symbols of faith, ideology, wealth, subjugation and the quest for power.
Baudrillard, Jean, “For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign”. Telos Press Ltd. 1980.
*Baudrillard, Jean, “Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism”). Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1995.

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