As Birds Flying (2016) is a short and lyrical video of swirling storks high above the Galilea desert. Like its sister project, The General's Stork (2016), it is about surveillance and paranoia, based on a 2013 event in which a stork tagged by Hungarian scientists was captured by Egyptian fisherman, who believed it was carrying a spy camera. As Birds Flying alludes to an earlier 1995 film, Birds of Darkness, by Adel Imam, where the dialogue references religious and secular disputes between political candidates in Egypt.Read More
Walking a Watermelon in Cairo (2016) references the Chinese artist Han Bing's performance Walking the Cabbage in Tiananmen (2000), a walk that challenged the repetitive nature of daily assumptions and the conventional use of a public space. Both alluded to Situationism, Dada, and Surrealism as ambulatory interventions.
Walking a Watermelon in Cairo also nodded to the Arab Spring movement of anti-government protests, and was an anti-technology gesture mocking the technical intricacies of surveillance hardware.
Another project, Operation Sunken Sea (2018) is a parody of techno-utopian fantasies. It proposes the extraordinary notion of draining the Mediterranean Sea and channelling the water to the heart of Africa, thereby merging Africa physically with the Middle East, helping the flow of migration, enabling more employment, and hopefully, too, promoting democratic systems over fascistic ones.
This artist has been involved with other artistic endeavours too, and is a sought-after curator.
The Black Athena Collective was founded in late 2015 by Amin and Dawit L. Petros to attack the Eurocentric bias of landscape discourse and its methodological assumptions. Engaging in political discourse 'connected to the Red Sea region from Eritrea to Egypt,' through multi-disciplinary procedures, it looks at 'dominant territorial logics and constitution of place ... specifically at architecture in relation to errant bodies.'