These are photos taken from a necropolis, Dahshur, located in Giza's desert on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt.
I was visiting this location for the first time and was happy to be surrounded by bits and pieces of nature that I could observe and be present with without too much human existence –at least not while I was there. I was with a friend and we got to know a group of locals as we started our journey there but I tried to keep my distance at some point to help myself more truly take in my surroundings.
The area charmed me with its great vastness and serenity. The pieces I created here play around with the idea of a seemingly Martian or Moony landscape, a place that seems to be unliveable.
But if you look closely, you see subtle signs of human intervention: the pieces of litter taking position at certain points on the sand, maybe even the stones that sit in a small pyramid-like structure.
The artworks are basically a juxtaposition of real and fake. Surreality and reality. Truth and deception.
They're fit for a hotel because a hotel is a space of surrealism, it's a place where you can be at home away from home, where you can live a fantasy for a while before going back to a possibly less appealing existence. It's a place to stay but also one where you can't stay forever.
And hence the connection: these images show you a place that you can visit, be present with. It can be surreal, even beautiful, but it's a temporary dream, a temporary reality.