Artist Profile: Mahmoud Khaled

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The Studio as a Work of Art, 2010
200 stacked blank canvases (35 x 50 cm each), a 310 x 400 cm red carpet. courtesy of the artist. 

In Google Me/Duplicate Self-Portrait, a video playback command bar splits each paused screenshot in half, suggesting a 'split' identity between you, the artist Mahmoud Khaled and, Khaled Mahmoud, the dancer.  The work demonstrates the location and displacement of identity in a networked age--one that is defined by finding oneself in others.  Could you expand on both these senses of biformity and disparity?  Does the piece also hint at something more directly political? The individual's relation to the architecture of search systems? 

I have been interested in issues related to the Internet as a space with infinite possibilities for self-representation, and how the current networked age has changed our personal and professional lives and the way we think about ourselves. Also the fact that on the Internet there is always hope to get rid of your ready-made self, discover another self or find someone else who can change your life, through what I can the "mechanisms" of duality and disparity.  I started to think about “dichotomy” and “juxtaposition” as key tactics in my practice and my way of thinking as I practically filter all my ideas through these two concepts, which redefines the work, the elements it is composed of, its internal relationships, meanings, aesthetic qualities and social and political connotations. I also have a stubborn belief that elements cannot survive, as they are, that they can only survive in pairs or in relation to other things. Basically like personal relationships, even if the counterpart is imaginary.

The point of departure of this piece was based on my accidental discovery of Khaled Mahmoud, a popular London-based oriental dancer born in ...

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