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Samah Hamdi challenging Social Taboos


Last year Samah roamed the streets of Cairo in a wedding dress challenging social taboos about unmarried women in the country. Her award winning video went viral making a statement on how a woman is only viewed as successful if she is married despite any other accomplishments.

According to Egyptian news site Ahram Online Hamdi said “No matter how accomplished you are, that won’t count if you aren’t married or haven’t undertaken the mission you were purportedly created for: getting married and establishing a family,”

samah hamdiThis year Hamdi is at again highlighting a profound issue of women abuse, with her live performance commencing on March 8  (International Women Day). According to her Facebook events page the performance seeks to reflect the hidden psychological impact, and to show the extent of the assault exerted on the body of the girl. The performance can be considered a loud scream to stop this physical and psychological distortion.

To learn more check out her event here

About Samah Hamdi

Samah was born in Saudi Arabia 1988 and moved to Cairo-Egypt in 2002. She currently lives and works in Egypt. In 2009, she received her B.A in Theatrical Scenography from Helwan University. Then she worked in several theaters as Décor and Costumes designer and with the executive team. An early interest in visual arts combined with her theatricality studies led her to develop her own characteristic blend of life performance art and scenography. In her performances, Hamdi strives to present Egyptian women problems and identity, some society issues and world peace, as she is a feminist and Revolutionary political activist, and seeking by exoticism and direct collision to make a change with the streets viewers. Hamdi also works on the formulation of ideas in video art combined with the life performance and installation art.
In 2010 Hamdi received her M.A Candidate (Pre-decor), from the Department of Theatre Studies, Helwan University. Since 2013 she is a Master Researcher in Performance art.


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