"Sometimes you just want to distract yourself from reality." The opening words on a a Facebook post on El Side Effect - an up-and-coming local page that acts as a platform for local artists . The post feature the work of Ahmed Shalaby, who takes imagery of space and planets and seamlessly fuses them into portraits of everyday Egyptian life under the name, Another Planet (Kawkab Tany) - everything from a donkey art and a microbus, to a fruit seller and a tannoura dancer.
The post continues, "So, you escape this place. You escape this world," and that's what the pieces almost goads you to do, which it does in the first two pieces particularly to stunning effect.
Kalam El Qahaira