While being an Octopus

Ongoing project

Video series: Variable


A series of video installations /performance, as a reflection on the role of women as seen through the eyes of society and what it dictates. In the video works, I play with a balancing-toy in different environments and spaces, placing different variations of miniature toys found amongst my daughter’s collection. They represent (a cooker/stove, a washing machine, cooking utensils, a laptop, children, husband, wife...). By balancing toy-house objects on a wooden disc, I try again and again to reach the sweet point of equilibrium – if possible – while shedding light on a narrative that is fed by our society, media outlets and historical canons.

The project is looking for the position of women in the Arab region by addressing the concept of "balance" required by women in general and Mothers in particular. The project comes as an extension of my research on the maternal and reproductive experience especially from a social point of view as the study of the situation of women in the context of being a mother and in relation to home and household responsibilities .           


The project was partially  funded by Gender Bender /a joint project of the Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective.

Multi channels video installation, loop, HD,  screened via screen or projector/ 2019

Switch Art project, street window screening, Nenagh, Ireland, 2019

Live performance for playing the real game of balance, while screening the video.

 © 2020 by Rania Atef 

 Cairo, Egypt


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