“I failed” juxtaposes psychological and political layers regarding the trope of perceived “backwardness” in the Middle East. But the palimpsest of the risoprints also engages with historical discourses of Arab nationalism and authenticity. Indeed, the re-use of historic magazine images offers an ironic critique of nostalgic remembrances of the 1960s and 1970s as an idealized “heroic” era in the Arab world. At the same time, the aesthetics of neoliberal consumer culture which convey a message of anxiety add an equally ironic twist to the current hypermodernity of the Gulf states.
"I failed" zine