Wafaa Samir


Find what you fear the most
Immerse yourself in it
Let it seep into your soul until it’s part of your being
The more you embrace your fears, the more they turn into
a blue serenity.

Blue is a series of self-portraits reflecting on the experience of fear as if it were a physical space. By stepping into this space, exploring it and engaging with it, I begin to understand it. With time and familiarity it becomes a safe space as I integrate myself with it. Like a metamorphosis, it’s a process that brings you out on the other side.

The images are ways of tracing this process of merging with my personal fears and allowing myself to be immersed in them. The series tries to answer the question of whether fear and peace are opposites, or if it’s possible that they complement each other? The colour blue is used to represent fear, but it also stands for the serenity we may find when we approach the realm of fear instead of avoiding it. The series was exhibited at Nord Art festival in Germany (2015). One of the images was selected as the official poster for Mooov film festival in Belgium.

Wafaa Samir (b.1990) is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Cairo. Her work explores two main tracks; our relationships with urbanism and physical spaces, and a figurative representation of emotions and states of mind. She alternates her attention between these outer and inner worlds, approaching each very differently.

Samir earned her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 2013. In parallel she nurtured her interest in photography and actively showcased in many group exhibitions In Cairo, Germany, Belgium, France and Dubai.

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