Vitrines of Afaf

Susan Hefuna, Vitrines of Afaf, 2007, installation view
Courtesy the artist and Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

Vitrines of Afaf

Artist: Susan Hefuna

Vitrines of Afaf, 2007
Glass, metal, and collected objects
98 1/2 × 39 3/8 × 78 3/4 in (250 × 100 × 200 cm) each
Courtesy Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

Susan Hefuna’s Vitrines of Afaf is an installation displaying everyday intimate objects belonging to the sisters, mothers, or wives of the lane workers, exhibited in the format of the traditional mobile vitrines that can be seen all over Cairo. The title Vitrines of Afaf refers to the name Afaf that is given to women whose names are kept unknown in public, in a manner that suggests to protect them in the traditional Egyptian culture. The vitrines collect and reveal the dreams and fantasies of all these anonymous women.