Few months after the launch of my first photo book on youth emancipation and the aftermath of Egyptian revolution, Ahmed Nagy, writer and collaborator on the book was jailed for his ideas. So I decided to start a new project on the violent repression of opposants under the new military regime in Egypt. I focus among others on enforced disappearance. Over the past four years, thousands of political opponents, demonstrators, including minors, have been subjected to enforced disappearance. They are kidnapped at home in the middle of the night, in the street or at their workplace. They disappear between fifteen days and several years. They are held outside any judicial control. And, according to the majority of the testimonies collected, these “disappeared” are tortured in secret places of detention such as the basement of the Ministry of Interior or the prison Azouli located in a military base in Ismailia. According to local NGOs, 3 to 4 people would disappear every day.
I slowly discovered the all project was about absence and visibility. The first thing most of people who I meet around this project show me is a picture or several pictures of they closed ones who disappeared or are jailed for a long time. I felt the need to prove the existence of their missing ones while the military dictature is actually acting to deny the very own humanity of Egyptian people.